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Redoutes & Encosta Top Blue Diamond Noms
At the close of normal nominations (there is still a late nom stage) Arrowfield Stud's Redoute's Choice (80) & Coolmore Stud's Encosta de Lago (67) top the entries for the 2009 Gr1 Arrowfield Stud Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield, to be run on February 21. The pair is followed by Exceed & Excel and Fastnet Rock (65 apiece). David Hayes, Australia's leading trainer of 2YOs, has dominated the race in recent years and has the most number of noms by a trainer with 96. The $220 first acceptances close on Tuesday, November 25, which is the same date for late nominations.