Unbeaten colt Rubick one of the favourites for the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au
Both youngsters head to the Group 1 Blue Diamond undefeated after two career starts, but Earthquake fared much worse at the barrier draw than Rubick . Earthquake will start from gate 15, while Rubick will need to use his speed from stall 10 in the 44th edition of the Diamond.
Mark Kavanagh's Chivalry has come right into calculation after drawing barrier five. Mick Price's two runners Jabali and Cornrow have also fared well and will jump from gates three and four respectively. Wez Hunter's Malaguerra came up with the coveted inside barrier, while Top Dolly , trained by Tom Hughes, has the outside stall in the final field of 16, plus one emergency.
Peter Snowden's Earthquake was most impressive in the fillies' Prelude, defeating Eloping by 2.75 lengths. She ran exactly the same time as Rubick in the boys' division. The son of Encosta De Lago began slowly and had to be used to kick up. There was no slowing down in the middle stages and the colt held on to beat Jabali by a length. His first 700m was more than a second faster than Earthquake's, although the filly's closing times were better.
Trainer Gerald Ryan reckons Rubick will improve after the run. From the (C&G) Prelude, there were good efforts too from third place-getter Chivalry and Nostradamus (4th) from Team Hawkes. However, the boys have to give their female counterparts two kilograms in the Blue Diamond. Though she didn't appear on Prelude weekend, Gai Waterhouse's filly Nayeli , which will jump from barrier nine, is another well-fancied in the market. Stablemate, Francesco , has gate eight.
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