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Caulfield Blue Diamond Stakes Day

February 26th, 2022 2 comments

I’m nervous. This is my first excursion out in public without a mask for what, six months? I’m triple vaxxed, but I’m in a vulnerable age group now. Time doesn’t seem to stand still for anyone these days. The last Blue Diamond I saw was two years ago! I have had one fleeting visit to Caulfield since then last May. There was a lot of excavation work going on and it looked like they were building a huge block of public toilets. It turns out that they are temporary stalls while they build new subterranean stalls and a parade ring. They will four metres below ground level! Part of the master plan apparently. And we are going to be sent out to Sandown while they do all this.

I arrived in time for the third where Gai’s horse Castlereagh Kid looked a standout. A measly $1.80 for the place, but nice to have a winner first up after such a long spell. In the next Yearning was a nice head down horse and powered home for third. I managed to get $2.80 for the place, and so now I was more than satisfied. Cascadian looked the goods in the next but $1.30 the place is not my sort of bet so I waited for the Diamond. I didn’t fancy the winner Daumier as the horse was gaping and the strapper needed two hands. But Revolutionary Miss was very relaxed and just nosed out by the colt. Three out of three for the day. Long may it continue.

2 Responses to “ Caulfield Blue Diamond Stakes Day ”

  1. Chris Watterson says:

    Welcome back Geoffrey. I missed your insights. Glad you came back with a bang!

  2. Trevor says:

    Dear Geoffrey
    Good to hear that you are “firing on all cylinders”. I don’t think I will be so good first time out or even second time out! I have tried to maintain interest by watching one of the racing TV channels that has some commentary on the horse’s physical and mental well-being as they walk around the paddock, but it’s often brief and feels unsatisfactory. The flat racing season doesn’t really start here in earnest until the beginning of April. Sandown and Ascot (the English rather than Australian versions) are reasonably accessible for me. I will probably do, as Stuart suggests (in response to your previous post) and attend some mid-week race meetings to begin with.
    All the best to you and everyone who reads your blog.

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