The nominations are in for the first Group race of the coveted Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, with 12 gallopers nominated to kick start their season in the $125,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
The most famous of the 12 nominees, sure to start as the hot pre-race favourite in the Ladbrokes.com.au betting markets, is dual Group 1 winner Shoot Out.
The John Wallace-trained High Chaparral gelding has wins in the Randwick Guineas and AJC Derby to his credit and is a talented galloper over sprint and staying distance, making him very dangerous first-up in the Bletchingly Stakes.
Follow the link to read more about Shoot Out’s 2010 Melbourne Cup campaign.
Another strong contender for Saturday’s Bletchingly Stakes is Peter Moody’s classy four-year-old mare Elumino.
Coming off a last start win in the All Victorian Sprint Series (1200m) at Flemington, Elumino is a consistent sprinter having won six of her 14 race starts and will be a top chance with a good barrier draw.
Winner of the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville back in May, Velocitea is also set to resume racing in the Bletchingly Stakes.
Trained by Mick Price the locally prepared mare had a stunning autumn campaign and is looking to return to winning form on Saturday to start her spring campaign.
Other 2010 Bletchingly Stakes nominees include veteran eight-year-old Encosta De Lago gelding Douro Valley, Colin Davies’ stable star Stanzout who ran a gallant fourth to Reward for Effort in the Listed J Monash Stakes (1100m) last start, and the Michael Moroney-trained Group 1 winning gelding Mr Baritone.
A more detailed Bletchingly Stakes race and betting preview will be published here as soon as the final field of starters is announced, so make sure you return before placing your Bletchingly Stakes wagers at Ladbrokes.com.au.
2010 Bletchingly Stakes Nominations
|Peter G Moody|
MR BARITONE (NZ)