Horse Racing News | 2017 Blue Diamond Field takes shape

Property – In, Limestone – Out

Mon, 20 Feb, 12:00 AM


It looks like the 2017 Blue Diamond field is all but decided as of last night when the connections of two key runners who were not originally nominated for the field have declared their intentions.

The Darren Weir trained, grey filly, Limestone will not run in Saturday’s $1.5 million dollar feature with the connections deciding against forking out the $55,000 late nomination fee.

Conversely, the prelude winner of the colts and geldings division, Property, will run for Robert Smerdon this weekend.

Prior to yesterday, both runners were still prominently featured in the all-in market for the event. Property was on the third line of betting at $7, whilst Limestone was on the equal 5th line at $9.

The news out of the Weir camp is that Limestone will be sent to the paddock in preparation of the spring. Still considered quite small and immature, the daughter of Helmet should come on as a very nice 3 year old once she fills out and matures Weir believes.

The main concern for Limestone was the way un-beaten filly and favourite for Saturday’s event – Catchy – went past her over the concluding stages of the prelude.

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“They both had their chances the other day and the winner was too good. We had no excuses and I couldn't see her turning the tables (on Catchy). I know it was only a small margin but she (Catchy) was running home over the top of us,” said Weir.

On the other hand, Smerdon had said that Property earned his chance in the diamond after winning the prelude conclusively. Having won the race with Let’s Get Physical in 1985, Smerdon knows what it takes.

A good draw, luck in running and strength is what Smerdon believes can get Property over the line first on the weekend. With many of the juveniles out to the 1200m for the first time after looking very even at the shorter coarse trips, luck is certainly going to be a big factor.

What may help Property’s cause is “The Magic Man”, Joao Moreira doing the steering after Craig Williams last weekend announced he would ride Catchy in the race instead of this colt.

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