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Australian Racing: Blue Diamond a target for Counttheheadlights

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Counttheheadlights could be headed for the Blue Diamond Stakes after his win at Moonee Valley on Friday.

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Caulfield trip being lined up

The son of I Am Invincible defeated Sumatra by a length and a quarter with Eros finishing another neck away in third, and he is now being lined up for the feature 2YO contest at Caulfield on 26th February when 5/1 Coolangatta will be the one to beat.

"I thought he was pretty good," Eustace said. "He did everything very professionally and credit to the team - he jumped, he travelled, picked up when Ben (Allen, jockey) asked him to, finished nice and strong and beat a horse in Eros, who has had a start and ran well.

"To be honest it's a beautiful program really, three weeks into the 1100 metres at Caulfield (for the Blue Diamond Prelude), let him have a rip around there and then two weeks into the Diamond as long as he pulls up OK.

"He's a big, solid horse, he's very sound and has plenty of condition on him so you would hope he does the job and he'll head there all being well."

Maher reaping rewards

Counttheheadlights was purchased by Maher for $800,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the Rosemont Stud draft last year.

The filly is out of the winning Group 2-placed Sebring mare Tahni Dancer, who is a daughter of Group 3 winner Tahni Girl.

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