Blue Diamond favourites handed wide draws
Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr got their wish during yesterday’s Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) draw as Jacquinot (Rubick) drew barrier ten for Saturday’s feature contest. Price said on Monday how he hoped to be drawn away from the inside after the son of Rubick (Encosta De Lago) ruined his chance in the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) (Gr 3, 1100m) with a poor start before then being stuck to the inside rail throughout.
“It was very important to us,” Kent Jnr told Racing.com. “We were hoping for barriers ten to 12 and it worked out beautifully. Drawing wide was the key for us. We wanted to draw outside barrier ten as we are resigned that he’ll be in the second half of the field and that’s fine as that’s where he balances up. It’ll give him room to use his massive stride and just hopefully he can get away clean.
He’s been sticky (in the gates) before but nothing like last start but we don’t think it’ll happen again.” Jacquinot’s likely rival for favouritism is the unbeaten Lofty Strike (Snitzel), who also drew wide in barrier 13. Over the last decade there have been five winners that drew in the outside section of the field, including Written By (Written Tycoon) from barrier 15 in 2018 and Earthquake (Exceed And Excel), who also drew barrier 15 four years earlier.