Legendary racecaller Greg Miles reveals his most memorable Group 1 Blue Diamond winners

Legendary race caller Greg Miles has nominated Miracles Of Life as his most memorable Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Miles was behind the microphone for 35 Blue Diamonds (1982-2016) and despite the brilliance of turf icons, including Sepoy and Redoute’s Choice, the South Australian raider stands out as the best story.

The top-10 is restricted to the Blue Diamonds Miles had the pleasure to call, while the likes of Paint (1996), Samaready (2012) and Pride Of Dubai (2015) were most unlucky to miss out.

Lauren Stojakovic combined with Miracles Of Life to win the 2013 Blue Diamond. Picture: Wayne LudbeySource:News Limited


Trainer: Dan Clarken

Jockey: Lauren Stojakovic

Of the 35 Blue Diamonds I called, it’s the best story.

The absolute fairytale of it all, Daniel Clarken and Lauren Stojakovic weren’t frontline players. I thought Stojakovic would be under enormous pressure and rode a perfect race: settled fifth on the fence, poised on the turn and then just sprinted away from them, I thought it was beautiful.

The aftershots of her Dad in the mounting yard and the emotions that flowed was unbelievable. Miracles Of Life started favourite too, so the pressure was certainly on the stable to probably replace Stojakovic but she’d done nothing wrong.

To perform on the big stage, under the pressure she would’ve been under, was just fantastic.

I remember walking off the track at the end of the day and I bumped into Lauren down at the horse stalls and people were still coming up and patting her on the back and shaking her hand. It was a great day, a great uplifting day, that a fairytale can come true.

2. RANCHER (1982)

Trainer: Charlie Waymouth

Jockey: Norman Waymouth

Rancher was a cult figure as a two-year-old, flying along in front. He was a battler, a $5000 yearling, I think, and (jockey) Norman Waymouth had never been on a really good horse until that time.

Rancher started a pretty hot favourite, led all the way and just fell in. He was the first cult figure two-year-old I saw, a real favourite with the crowd.

The famous fight with Geoff Tobias, who owned Grosvenor, and Charlie Waymouth, was the backdrop for a stewing dislike for each other and Grosvenor should have probably won that Blue Diamond. He ran third but he got held up and flew late.

Jockey Danny Nikolic winning Blue Diamond Stakes on Redoute’s Choice. Picture: Terry PhelanSource:News Limited


Trainer: Rick Hore-Lacy

Jockey: Danny Nikolic

He came from a pathway we’d never really seen much of before (winning the Blue Diamond) at his second start, and from what he went on to do after that, it was a fantastic story. He had the great rivalry with Testa Rossa but Redoute’s Choice was the dominant two year-old. Rick Hore-Lacy’s eye for a horse was again to the fore. We didn’t quite know how good he was, he started $8, to win the Blue Diamond.

4. ALINGHI (2004)

Trainer: Lee Freedman

Jockey: Damien Oliver

Amazing win really, second last at the home turn to complete one of the biggest finishes. Wager was a mile in front and probably looked the winner, even 150m out was three lengths in front, but Alinghi flashed home. A mighty win, unbeaten at that time, started favourite.

Sepoy left the field in his wake ain the 2011 Blue Diamond Stakes. Picture: Darren TindaleSource:News Limited

5. SEPOY (2011)

Trainer: Peter Snowden

Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy

He’s probably the best two-year-old winner, if I was to rank them in that order, I would’ve had him on top, he just absolutely brained them. He coasted up outside the lead and went away untouched, he was the dominant two-year-old. He won the Preview and the Prelude, which still is rarely done.

6. STAR WITNESS (2010)

Trainer: Danny O‘Brien

Jockey: Nicholas Hall

Amazing win. One of the most freakish Blue Diamond wins. Drew wide and eased right back to the end of the field, third last or something, got knocked over at the home turn, unbalanced, had no right to win and just swamped them. I had an eye out for him, at the 200m I saw him starting to wind up (but given what had happened thought) he’s too far back, really. A bona fide star.

Nick Hall scored a stunning win Star Witness in 2010. Picture: Darren McNamaraSource:News Corp Australia

7. ZEDITAVE (1988)

Trainer: Angus Armanasco

Jockey: Greg Hall

He was just a tank. That‘s what he looked like, like a little Manikato. An unbelievable two-year-old. I remember Angus Amansaco said ‘this horse would go through a brick wall for you’, that’s what he was like. A tough, tough, two-year-old, who raced in the pink and white colours of Colin Tidy, the Sydney bookmaker. He he was winning in the summertime and a couple lead ups to the Blue Diamond. He still didn’t start favourite, which was really surprising, a really top-notch two-year-old. Brave.

8. BEL ESPRIT (2002)

Trainer: John Symons

Jockey: Wayne Treloar

A dynamic and precocious two-year-old, winning the Preview and Prelude. He went out an even-money favourite, led all the way and didn’t have a lot left on the line as I recall. He was pretty dominant in his age group.


Trainer: Tommy Smith

Jockey: Mick Dittman

She was just too good for them. The only two-year-old in Australian racing to be crowned Horse of the Year and the first to break a million dollars as a two-year-old. The apple of Tommy Smith‘s eye, she won in Sydney, came down and won the Prelude and then won the Blue Diamond easily. An outstanding filly.

Dwayne Dunn celebrates aboard Undoubtedly in the 2005 Blue Diamond Stakes.Source:News Limited

10. UNDOUBTEDLY (2005)

Trainer: Mark Kavanagh

Jockey: Dwayne Dunn

I had to put one of Dwayne’s four in! I spoke to Dwayne and asked him which one was his best and he said Undoubtedly because Mark Kavanagh didn’t want to run it. He said to Mark ‘put blinkers on and we‘ll win’ and just blew them away, and ran good time.

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