Mornington trainer Matt Laurie is back in familiar territory, setting a valuable colt for a stallion-making target at Caulfield.

Three years ago, he was in a similar position with the racehorse Portland Sky, who dead-heated for victory in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate and who, in doing so, sailed into contention as a valuable stallion prospect. Months later, Portland Sky joined the roster at Widden.

Laurie will send out the favourite, two-year-old colt Coleman, for Saturday’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes and, should the horse win, he will become one of the most valuable sire prospects in Australia.

“There’s no doubt we got lucky,” Laurie tells The Straight. “Coleman is a very smart horse and I guess he is following on from Portland Sky. It was a thrill being able to get a Group 1 for that horse and see him go off to stud, and hopefully, this bloke will be able to do the same.”

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