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Property Wins Listed Blue Diamond Preview (C&G)
At Caulfield in Melbourne, former Arrowfield Stud and now Rosemont Stud-based 5-time Gr1-winning stallion Starcraft (Soviet Star-Flying Floozie, by Pompeii Court) added a black-type success when 2YO colt Property (Starcraft-Opalize, by Anabaa) finished his race off powerfully to score a dominant 1.75 length win for trainer Robert Smerdon in the $150,000 Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) for 2YO colts & geldings, over 2YO colts Azazel (Snitzel-Allariza, by Linamix) & Indernile (Street Boss-Poco Gusto, by Hussonet). Property, a $130,000 purchase by Aquanita Racing at the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Amarina Farm, improved his record to 1 win and 1 placing from 2 starts for $104,900 earnings. Destined to race in Hong Kong until the sale fell through at the last minute five weeks ago, Property is now likely to take the traditional path to the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on 25 February by having his final prep run in the Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield on 11 February. If he does take his place in the final Diamond field, Property's connections will have to fork out a $55,000 late entry fee.