Damien Oliver picks Anamoe as his hope for first Blue Diamond win in 17 years

Champion jockey Damien Oliver has put his faith in Godolphin colt Anamoe to break a 17-year drought in Saturday’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

Oliver last won the Blue Diamond on the brilliant Lee Freedman-trained filly Alinghi in 2004 but has gone close to again winning Victoria’s richest two-year-old race in recent years.

Oliver finished second aboard Lankan Star in 2019, Flying Artie in 2016, Jabali in 2014 and on Real Saga in 2009 since Alinghi’s Blue Diamond triumph.

The jockey had the choice of two of Godolphin’s three Blue Diamond Stakes runners – Ingratiating, and Anamoe – before picking the latter.

Damian Lane will be aboard Arcaded after steering the filly to her two wins at Caulfield, including in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies.

Oliver got the best out of Anamoe in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown in the spring. Photo: Scott Barbour/Racing Photos via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

Anamoe went down narrowly behind General Beau in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) when resuming on February 6.

The colt’s trainer James Cummings consulted Oliver before deciding to swap winkers for blinkers on the son of Street Boss.

Anamoe drew barrier 15 for Saturday’s event but TAB kept him at $9 in its latest Blue Diamond market.

Oliver’s decision paved the way for William Pike to ride Ingratiating in the $1.5 million event.

Ingratiating appreciated racing in blinkers when winning the Listed Talindert Stakes at Flemington last Saturday, which convinced Godolphin to back up the youngster seven days later in the Blue Diamond.

Ingratiating is a $10 chance while Arcaded is at $18 to give Cummings his first Blue Diamond Stakes win.

Originally published asOliver goes for Anamoe in Diamond

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