The $1.5 million Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) will be held at Caulfield on Saturday with a start time of 4:45pm.
Unbeaten colt Extreme Choice heads into the Blue Diamond Stakes on the back of a 4.5-length victory in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) against inferior opposition.
The Group 1 feature is scheduled for 4:45pm. It will be Race 7 on the nine-race program and will be broadcast live on Channel 7TWO and Sky Racing in Australia.
Trainer Mick Price enters the Blue Diamond Stakes with the two leading contenders; Extreme Choice and Flying Artie have both drawn wide but have the class to capture the feature race.
Extreme Choice followed up his Inglis Nursery win in even more spectacular fashion as mentioned above by spacing his rivals.
He has excellent speed and can press forward from his barrier to land a position close to the lead which could see him hard to run down late if he gets the six furlongs which is the biggest query.
Damien Oliver decided to ride Flying Artie over Extreme Choice after the colt finished powerfully to win the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) for colts & geldings over Star Turn.
Stablemate China Dream was third in that event and he is the third-stringer for Price in the race after falling 2.45 lengths short of Flying Artie.
Samara Dancer won well on debut in Adelaide and the SA filly followed it up with a one-length victory in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) for fillies.
She has drawn well in barrier five and looks capable of testing the colts while Concealer who was runner up in the Prelude can stake a strong clam from barrier six.
Concealer took out the Group 3 Emirates Airline Plate (1000m) on debut before spelling and returning in the Prelude.
Star Turn won the Pierro Plate (1100m) at Randwick by three lengths before heading down to Melbourne to narrowly taste defeat behind Flying Artie first up.
Expect him to spot on for the Blue Diamond Stakes as Team Hawkes look to capture it for the first time – John Hawkes won the event with Kusi in 2003 after the Price-trained Roedean was disqualified for returning a positive swab.