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Samara Dancer Can Beat Boys: Stokes
Meanwhile, trainer Phillip Stokes is confident that talented South Australian filly Samara Dancer can measure up to the boys in Saturday week's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield, reports Racing.com. The daughter of Hinchinbrook scored a brilliant win in last Saturday's Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) for fillies at Caulfield, clocking a slick time of 1:03.11 that was only 0.07 seconds slower than that recorded by colts and geldings division winner Flying Artie. The Mick Price-trained Flying Artie ($3.80) joined stable-mate Extreme Choice ($2.70) at the top of the betting for the $1.5 million juvenile feature with his eye catching win in the Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude Colts & Geldings (1100m), but Stokes' faith in Samara Dancer is undiminished. "They're very nice horses but I don't think there's a lot between the boys and girls to be honest if you're going on times," Stokes told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "She'll have a very quiet week – just off the pony and a bit of swimming." He added: "She'll just do one piece of fast work now going into the Blue Diamond." Samara Dancer, who is a half-sister to Gr3 winner Eclair Big Bang, is equal third favourite for the Blue Diamond with fellow filly Concealer at $8.