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The Bletchingly Stakes is a 1200 weight-for-age race usually held in late July or early August at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Bletchingly Stakes was won by Lord Of The Sky from Fast 'n' Rocking with Mahuta third.

Typically the first group race of the new racing season in Victoria, the Bletchingly Stakes has proven to be the last group race of the season in recent years.

2017 Bletchingly Stakes info
Date: Saturday 29th July 2017
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $150,000
2016 Winner: Lord Of The Sky

The Bletchingly Stakes is a good race to kick off a spring campaign for many horses. It's a race that can be taken out first-up by a quality galloper returning from a spell or a good winter horse with fitness on its side. The level weight conditions of the race means that quite often the better horses in the race will be the ones to beat due to their class advantage.

A race such as the Gr3 Sir John Monash Stakes at weight-for-age earlier in the month at the same track provides the ideal lead-up event and Rubitano was the last horse to complete the Monash Stakes & Bletchingly Stakes double. Second Effort (2013) & Lord Of The Sky (2016) ran third & fourth respectively in the Sir Monash Stakes before winning the Bletchingly Stakes at their next start.

Winners and placegetters of this race tend to head towards the Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes and Gr1 Memsie Stakes over the next month, which are both weight-for-age events over 1400m, suiting many horses heading towards the longer spring races ahead. Shoot Out (2010) was the last horse to claim the Bletchingly Stakes & PB Lawrence Stakes double.

High quality gallopers who take out this race may dominate the early weight-for-age races of the new season, such as the PB Lawrence Stakes and Memsie Stakes, as they are simply too classy for their rivals. Some handy types have won the Bletchingly Stakes over the years including champion sprinter Apache Cat (2007), Regal Roller (2005) and Dandy Kid (2000).

Lord Of The Sky (2016) ran fourth in the Sir John Monash Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield before leading all the way to win this race and recent Bletchingly Stakes winners include Smokin’ Joey (2015) and Thiamandi (2014).

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Gig (2nd in 2014) & Second Effort (2013) both finished third in the PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield at their next start, while Ready To Rip (2012) also ran third in the PB Lawrence Stakes before finishing runner-up behind Buffering in the Gr1 AJ Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley later in the spring.

Mid Summer Music (2011) managed to win the Gr3 Cockram Stakes for fillies & mares over 1200m at Caulfield at her next start.

Apache Cat (2007) backed up two weeks later to win the PB Lawrence Stakes before running 2nd in the Makybe Diva Stakes, while Haradusun (2nd in 2007) had a very consistent spring with placings in the Memsie Stakes, Gr1 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes, Gr1 Turnbull Stakes and Gr1 WS Cox Plate.

In recent times the Bletchingly Stakes winner has just been an above average galloper who has not done too much throughout the spring, apart from the classy Apache Cat.

2016 Bletchingly Stakes result
1 $8.00 Lord Of The Sky 58.5 Damien Oliver
2 $3.50 Fast 'n' Rocking 58.5 Dwayne Dunn
3 $5.50 Mahuta 58.0 Brad Rawiller

then followed
4 $26.00 Taddei Tondo 58.5 Patrick Moloney
5 $26.00 Smokin’ Joey 58.5 Michael Walker
6 $6.50 Runway Star 56.5 Dom Tourneur
7 $8.50 Odyssey Moon 58.0 Craig Newitt
8 $7.00 Charmed Harmony 58.5 Craig Williams
9 $71.00 Magnapal 58.5 Luke Currie
10 $9.00 Thermal Current 58.5 Damian Lane

Margins: 1.5L, 1.25L
Time: 1:11.62

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Bletchingly Stakes recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2016 Lord Of The Sky Fast 'n' Rocking Mahuta 1:11.6
2015 Smokin' Joey Platinum Rocker Petrology 1:11.2
2014 Thiamandi Gig Nearest To Pin 1:10.6
2013 Second Effort Academy Jack Launay 1:11.5
2012 Ready To Rip Zamorar Dusty Star 1:12.8
2011 Mid Summer Music Rue Maple Stanzout 1:11.4
2010 Shoot Out Stanzout Velocitea 1:11.7
2009 Let Go Thommo Orange County Mr Baritone 1:11.5
2008 Commanding Hope Lucky Diva Red Arrow 1:11.2
2007 Apache Cat Haradasun Honalee 1:09.3
2006 Minson Red Dazzler Snort 1:09.3
2005 Regal Roller Super Elegant Le Zagaletta 1:13.7
2004 Le Zagaletta Yell Elvstoem 1:14.3
2003 Super Elegant Ruby Slipper The Big Chill 1:06.3
2002 Rubitano Ruby Slipper Dandy Kid 1:03.7
2001 Windigo Piavonic Flavour 1:05.1
2000 Dandy Kid Miss Pennymoney St. Chrisoph 1:04.3
1999 Sports Carnelian Oliver Twist 1:04.3
1998 Jugulator Catainer Royal Rubiton 1:07.3
1997 Blazing Reality Simply Believe Red Hope 1:03.1
1996 You Remember Sequalo Street Talk 1:06.4
1995 You Remember Sequalo Plushka 1:07.6
1994 Poetic King Keltrice Street Ruffian 1:04.4

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