The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for Victoria's richest juvenile race, the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield this Saturday. A capacity field of 16 starters and four emergencies have accepted for the race. This year shapes as one of the most open Blue Diamond fields in recent memory as TAB's fixed odds market clearly demonstrates. The current favourite for the race is the Coolmore Stud-owned colt Long Leaf at a generous $7, followed by the Tony McEvoy trainee Oohood and Godolphin's Plague Stone on $8, Spirit Of Boom's eye-catching debut winner Kinky Boom and Prairie Fire at $9, and Written By at $10. Long Leaf displaced Kinky Boom as favourite after drawing perfectly in barrier 7, while the latter drifted slightly after drawing wide in gate 14. View the Blue Diamond Stakes field below.
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Woodside Park's Gr2-winning stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Written By (Written Tycoon-Yau Chin, by Tobougg) announced himself as a serious Blue Diamond contender with a strong win in the $200,000 Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude for colts & geldings (1100m), defeating Plague Stone & Native Soldier. Written By, whose female line traces to No Finer, the dam of multiple stakes winners including Gr1 Australian Guineas winner and outstanding Waikato Stud sire Pins, extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $211,000 in earnings. The win guarantees Written By a start in the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 24 February. "I think he's a pretty serious horse," trainer Grahame Begg said. "He's got great determination the horse. Gallop, trial, whatever he just wants to hit the line. He's a real racehorse." Bred by Grahame's father, Hall of Fame trainer Neville, Written By was retained to race after he was passed in shy of his reserve at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. Written By races in the familiar Begg family colours of black, white and red that were carried to Gr1 glory by former stable stars Bonanova and Monopolize.