This Saturday Caulfield will host the final Group race of the 2009-10 racing season with the $125,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) set to light up the Victorian track.
With the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival kicking off next month, the 2010 Bletchingly Stakes presents some promising spring runners a great chance to have their first-up starts and set the tone for the season.
Two horses are dominating the betting markets with 2010 Melbourne Cup hopeful Shootout and classy mare Velocitea set to create a scintillating showdown on Saturday.
Leading online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au has Mick Price’s four-year-old Velocitea installed as the favourite currently paying $3.50 for a win.
Winner of the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) back in May, Velocitea has an impressive record over this distance and is a genuine sprinter with a top chance here.
Drawn in barrier six, Velocitea’s biggest threat will come from her inside as the John Wallace-trained Shoot Out jumps from barrier one.
Due to be ridden by star hoop Stathi Katsidis, High Chaparral gelding Shoot Out is another Group 1 winner having taken out the AJC Derby (2400m) last season.
Gold Coast-based trainer Wallace is hoping to kick off an ambitious spring campaign that has the $3 million Cox Plate (2040m) and $6 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the agenda for the versatile Shoot Out, with a win in the Bletchingly Stakes.
The $4.20 second elect at Ladbrokes.com.au, Shoot Out can win this at good odds.
In a quality field of 11 runners, the best chances for Place bets at Ladbrokes.com.au are Victorian Sprint Series winning mare Elumino, veteran nine-year-old Royal Ida and improving J Monash Stakes runner-up Keano.
To further aid with your betting selections check out our detailed Bletchingly Stakes Form Guide.
Programmed as the sixth Caulfield race for Saturday, the 2010 Bletchingly Stakes will jump at 3:07pm.
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2010 Bletchingly Stakes Final Field, Barrier Draw & Odds
MR BARITONE (NZ)
|Michael Moroney||Mark Zahra||8||58.5||10.00|
|Peter Morgan||James Winks||9||58.5||101.00|
|Luke Oliver||Brad Rawiller||10||58.5||12.00|
|Colin Davies||Craig Williams||7||58.5||12.00|
|Mark Young||Logan McGill||5||58.5||16.00|
|Tony Vasil||Kelvin Sanderson||11||58.5||151.00|
|Danny O’Brien||Nicholas Hall||4||58.5||8.00|
|John Wallace||Stathi Katsidis||1||58||4.20|
|Shane Flidner||Steven Arnold||3||58||6.00|
|Mick Price||Craig Newitt||6||56.5||3.50|
|Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||2||56.5||10.00|
*Odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and are subject to change