Caulfield experience could help Rulership grab Blue Diamond

Peter and Paul Snowden have made a habit of getting their two-year-olds to peak for the biggest days, so Rulership’s defeat last start doesn’t worry the stable heading into Saturday’s Blue Diamond at Caulfield.

Paul Snowden said the experience of having Hanseatic run him down in the final  strides of the Blue Diamond Prelude might prove the key to winning the group 1.

Hanseatic comes down the outside to pip Rulership at Caulfield earlier this month.Credit:AAP

“He was just a little new around Caulfield and he has really improved since that run,” Snowden said. “The plan was always to get him at his peak for this race, and we’re glad he had a look at Caulfield.

“The favourite is certainly the one to beat, but I think he surprised our bloke a bit, who was idling down there at the end.”

Rulership led the Prelude and was left in front at the 300m mark, which gave Hanseatic the final shot at him. The plan for the Blue Diamond will be to take a sit and allow the I Am Invincible colt to use his turn of foot.

“There always seems to be pressure in these sort of races and that will suit him from the good draw,” Snowden said. “He has been out in front at both his runs, so his acceleration hasn't been obvious, but if he can get a sit it will be on Saturday.”

The Snowdens have already had 16 two-year-old wins this season and will be looking to extend it with Golden Gift placegetter Blaze A Trial in the Silver Slipper at Rosehill.

The Criterion colt finished in front of Silver Slipper favourite Cellsabeel in the Golden Gift, where he started $4.40 and she was $21 shot. However, since then Cellsabeel has won on heavy track and is rated a $1.75 chance compared to the $7.50 available about Blaze A Trial for the Silver Slipper.

“We don’t know how he will handle the soft track, but this is the start of a three-run preparation, which will hopefully end in the Golden Slipper,” Snowden said. “There is a bit of improvement left there, but he is still forward enough to run a big race first-up.”

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