On Saturday the Caulfield Racecourse hosted the first Group listed event of the new Australian racing season when 10 classy hopefuls took to the Melbourne track vying for the honours of the $125,000 Group Three Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).
Shoot Out claimed the feature race of the day as the proven stayer outclassed a field of sprint specialists, and in turn sent out a warning to fellow Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival hopefuls that he will be one to beat.
John Wallace, Shoot Out’s trainer, saw punters overlook the rising four-year-old at Ladbrokes.com.au, but was not disheartened knowing the gelding was not at peak fitness, with the Bletchingly his first jump since April.
The High Chaparral gelding backed up his Group One AJC Australian Derby win with the Bletchingly victory, and is due to jump on the 14th of August back at Caulfield in the Group Two JJ Liston Stakes (1400m) against a top quality field – so make sure you follow him at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Top quality jockey Stathi Khatsidis took the reins for Shoot Out and directed him to the front of the field off the jump where the Gold Coast-based gelding stayed until he turned up the gears into the straight, and powered forward to take the win.
It was the dream start for the Wallace team, with bigger and better things on the horizon for the rising four-year-old, including the $3 million Group One Cox Plate (2040m) on the 23rd of October, and nominations already in place for the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) on the 16th of October.
The main goal for Shoot Out is of course Australia’s greatest race – the 150th Melbourne Cup – and scheduled to take place on the 2nd of November at Flemington Racecourse, gives the potential star of the spring another three months to reach full fitness.
Shoot Out is currently at $23 with Ladbrokes.com.au to take out the full honours of the 2010 Melbourne Cup, and if he continues to improve over the course of the spring could be a lucrative early market punt for those looking to make a big win!
Prior to the jump, winner of The Goodwood, Velocitea, was favourite to win but finished third – three-quarters of a length behind second place Stanzout, proving to horse racing punters that going with the favourites is not always to best bet to place.
Stanzout was half a length off the winning pace, an improvement on the gelding’s last start which saw him finish fourth in the Listed Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) to Reward For Effort.
Claiming the fourth place this time around was the Luke Oliver-trained Royal Ida, who has responded well to treatment following the geldings pulled muscle at the back end of his third-placed John Monash Stakes run.
Next on the cards for the 2010 Bletchingly Stakes winner is the $200,000 Group Two JJ Liston Stakes (1400m) on the 14th of August at Caulfield, so if you are looking to follow Shoot Out’s spring racing campaign make sure to sign up with Ladbrokes.com.au so you can see the money come rolling in!
2010 Bletchingly Stakes Results
|John Wallace||Stathi Katsidis|
|Colin Davies||Craig Williams|
|Mick Price||Craig Newitt|
|Luke Oliver||Brad Rawiller|
|Mark Young||Logan McGill|
|Tony Vasil||Kelvin Sanderson|
|Danny O’Brien||Nicholas Hall|
|Shane Fliedner||Steven Arnold|
|Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen|
|Peter Morgan||James Winks|
Mr Baritone (NZ)
|Michael Moroney||Mark Zahra|