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Australian Racing: Riviera ready for Blue Diamond challenge

Two-year-old filly English Riviera is set to take on the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes this weekend after a gallop at Caulfield on Tuesday.

Trained by Tony and Calvin McEvoy - the daughter of Deep Field - has been prepared specifically for Saturday's contest, for which she is currently a 14/1 shot, with John Allen replacing Mark Zahra as the pair jump from barrier four

The filly was sent over from the stable's Ballarat base earlier on in the week in order to get a further look at the track ahead of the juvenile feature, with the trainers leaving nothing to chance.

English Riviera has been placed on both outings to date, with a second placing on debut behind Lofty Strike at Flemington last month before a third placing behind Revolutionary Miss on February 12th.

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"She's had a run here, but I thought another trip down the highway and another gallop would be good for her," Tony McEvoy said.

"She went far too hard in the Prelude, so we won't be doing that in the Blue Diamond. They ran from the 1000 metres to the 600, something like 20.6 seconds and that is not conducive to finishing your race off, so John will ride her sensibly.

"The two fillies that ran second and third that day, to do that at the start and be there at the end, that was incredible."

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