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 2017 Bletchingly Stakes was won by Ability from Lankan Rupee with Duke Of Brunswick 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.
|Date:||Sunday 6th August 2017|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
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).
Ability (2017) took out the Listed All Victorian Sprint over 1200m at Flemington before finishing strongly to win this event and recent Bletchingly Stakes winners include Lord Of The Sky (2016) and Smokin’ Joey (2015).
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.
1. $5.00 Ability 58.5 Dwayne Dunn
2. $4.40 Lankan Rupee 58.5 Craig Newitt
3. $5.50 Duke Of Brunswick 58.5 Damien Oliver
4. $16.00 Charmed Harmony 58.5 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
5. $61.00 Divine Ten 58.5 Harry Coffey
6. $15.00 Lord Of The Sky 58.5 Arron Lynch
7. $9.50 Savanna Amour 56.5 Ben Melham
8. $18.00 Tashbeeh 58.5 Cory Parish
9. $9.00 Chocolate Holic 58.5 Damian Lane
10. $8.00 Keen Array 58.5 Regan Bayliss
Margins: 0.4 len, 3.5 len
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|2017||Ability||Lankan Rupee||Duke Of Brunswick||1:14.2|
|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|
|2009||Let Go Thommo||Orange County||Mr Baritone||1:11.5|
|2008||Commanding Hope||Lucky Diva||Red Arrow||1:11.2|
|2005||Regal Roller||Super Elegant||Le Zagaletta||1:13.7|
|2003||Super Elegant||Ruby Slipper||The Big Chill||1:06.3|
|2002||Rubitano||Ruby Slipper||Dandy Kid||1:03.7|
|2000||Dandy Kid||Miss Pennymoney||St. Chrisoph||1:04.3|
|1997||Blazing Reality||Simply Believe||Red Hope||1:03.1|
|1996||You Remember||Sequalo||Street Talk||1:06.4|
|1994||Poetic King||Keltrice||Street Ruffian||1:04.4|