Sepoy set to bash the bookies in Blue Diamond Stakes

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 February, 2011, 12:00am

Australian bookmakers face a resounding loss if Sheik Mohammed-owned Sepoy wins the Blue Diamond Stakes in Melbourne tomorrow as expected.

A commanding winner at his two most recent lead-up races, Sepoy, who races under the Darley Stud banner, was at A$41 to win the Blue Diamond just three weeks ago in ante-post betting, but his odds have tumbled after those two dominant victories and he will start as a long odds-on favourite for the Group One two-year-old event.

So dominant is Sepoy the Peter Moody-trained Hallowell Belle, with Craig Williams aboard, is the only other runner under double figure odds for the A$1 million race.

The Blue Diamond is one of the six races available to Hong Kong punters on one of Melbourne's highlight race days at Caulfield, with three Group One events among them.

Apart from the Blue Diamond, the Group One Futurity Stakes will be featured and, although shortened to 1,400m this year, it remains the first leg of the 2011 renewal of the Asian Mile Challenge that will continue in Dubai next month with the Dubai Duty Free.

Last week, Australia's glamour sprinting mare Black Caviar took all the attention, and this week in the Futurity it will be the country's other female superstar, More Joyous, who will have all eyes on her.

More Joyous, owned by advertising tycoon John Singleton and trained by Gai Waterhouse, will be attempting to take her record to 12 wins from 16 starts when she starts a red hot favourite for the Futurity. Bookmakers have posted her a A$1.65 favourite, with only Damien Oliver's ride, Whobegotyou, regarded as a serious threat.

If that sounds like a lot of hot favourites in the terms events, then the other Group One, the Oakleigh Plate, should offer some respite. The 1,100m handicap is one of the time-honoured sprints of the Australian year of racing and is famous for throwing out some big upsets over the years. Corey Brown rides the A$5 favourite Undeniably, whose main opposition is expected to come from his Mark Kavanagh-trained stablemate, Catapulted, also ridden by a name familiar to Hong Kong fans in Michael Rodd.

Closer to home, owners of runners in the Group One Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup on Sunday week have been busy on the phone, with Christophe Soumillon booked to come and ride Tai Sing Yeh and yesterday's announcement that John Murtagh will be a new partner for Good Ba Ba.