When second declarations closed today for Victoria’s richest two-year-old race – the $1 million Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Stakes – 161 two-year-olds remained in contention.
Boom Adelaide filly Miracles Of Life, a nine-length winner at Morphettville last Saturday in sizzling time, is not among the entries and connections will need to pay a late-entry fee of $55,000 if they wish to run in the race.
The same applies for Peter Moody’s Diamond Glow, an impressive Caulfield winner last Saturday.
David Hayes, who entered an amazing 47 yearlings back in June when nominations closed, still has 19 two-year-olds left, while Caulfield trainers Mick Price (16) and Peter Moody (12) are other trainers with multiple horses eligible.
The Queen of Sydney racing, Gai Waterhouse, still has 10 horses entered while the in-form Anthony Freedman stable has six left.
Super sires More Than Ready (12) and Fastnet Rock (9), along with emerging first-season sire Northern Meteor (9) all have multiple numbers after second declarations.
The Blue Diamond series starts with Previews on Australia Day (January 26) followed by Preludes on February 9, with the $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) run at Caulfield on February 23.
Third declarations for $660 close on January 29.