MORE SHINING FOR THE BLUE DIAMOND
THE Hayes and Dabernig stable added another runner to its powerful Blue Diamond Stakes arsenal with Enbihaar, while Grahame Begg’s colt Written By stamped himself as a genuine winning chance after they won their respective divisions of the Preludes at Caulfield yesterday.
The Blue Diamond picture didn’t get any clearer and maybe even murkier as the two winners put their hands up as genuine chances as well as several unlucky runners between the two divisions of the Preludes.
Enbihaar won the fillies Prelude impressively but again Oohood finished an unlucky second and Mick Price’s first starter Seabrook was promoted to third after being checked promoted in from the fourth straight. She was to third after Damien Oliver successfully protested against third place getter Lake District Girl for hanging in on his mount in the closing stages.
Oliver said that if the interference hadn’t have occurred Seabrook would have won clearly.
Hayes said Ennis Hill, Long Leaf, Enbihaar, Qalifa and Nasaayim would all run in the $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes on February 24.
He said Long Leaf was their No.1 seed but Enbihaar rated alongside their other fillies in the race.
It was the third consecutive Saturday where the stable has managed
to win a race at Caulfield and add to their Blue Diamond team.
Hayes said Enbihaar was very strong to the line and it was good effort to follow up her Adelaide debut victory with another win.
“At home she defeated one of our nice two-year-olds so early on in the piece she gave us a bit of confidence.”
In the colts and geldings division, the boom Sydney colt Plague Stone, was trapped wide in the early stages and finished off well for second and his jockey Kerrin McEvoy said he was unlucky.
On the back of that run, Plague Stone firmed into equal $8 favourite with Written By, Long Leaf and Oohood on Ladbrokes markets.
Begg said Written By’s bad barrier manners had made him hard to train in the lead-up to his win.
Written By had to trial before stewards as he proved hard to load when he won his debut at Sandown in December.
Written By though refused to go in the barriers at Mornington 11 days ago and then had to trial again last Monday.
“He’s proven hard to train but the one thing about him is that he’s a real racehorse,” Begg said.
Begg will be having his first ever Blue Diamond Stakes runner.
IN FORM: Blue Diamond Prelude winners Enbihaar (main) and Written By (below) at Caulfield yesterday.