The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - MICHAEL MAN­LEY

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.

Pic­tures: AAP

IN FORM: Blue Di­a­mond Pre­lude win­ners En­bi­haar (main) and Writ­ten By (be­low) at Caulfield yes­ter­day.

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