Premier Victorian trainer Peter Moody added another stakes win to his impressive 2010-11 season total with his ultra consistent mare Mid Summer Music taking out the final black-type of the season, the 2011 Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday July 30.
Oamaru Force mare Mid Summer Music was coming off a close second place finish in the All Victorian Sprint Final at Flemington, and started the raging $1.75 favourite in the $125,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).
Ridden by Black Caviar’s regular hoop Luke Nolen, Mid Summer Music held on in a thrilling photo finish to defeat the Darren Weir-trained Rue Maple ($8.50) by a head.
Crossing a further two lengths away in third was Colin Davies’ Stanzout ($17).
Michelle Payne, the jockey aboard runner-up Rue Maple, lodged a protest against Nolen and Mid Summer Music for interference in the final 100 metres, but it was dismissed and Mid Summer Music held on to her title as the 2011 Bletchingly Stakes winner.
The victory, the mare’s first Group race win, was Mid Summer Music’s eighth from 13 career starts, which have earned her over $308,400 in prize money.
“She won her maiden at Warracknabeal and I suggested to the owners that she might have had her birthday,” Moody said on Saturday.
“Thankfully, at the insistence of Linda Meech (Jockey) and John Ivell, who is a friend of all the owners, they suggested to me that there was much more in her than I saw and, lo and behold, here we are 18 months later winning a Group 3.
Moody, who trained 103.5 city winners over the season, named the $125,000 Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on August 13 as the next race target for Mid Summer Music.
“She’s probably got to have another crack at a race like the Cockram here in a couple of weeks,” he said.
“She’s in great form, six furlongs around her (suits).”
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2011 Bletchingly Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||8||MID SUMMER MUSIC||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||–||7||56.5kg||$1.75F|
|2||9||RUE MAPLE||Darren Weir||Ms Michelle Payne||0.1L||5||56.5kg||$8.50|
|3||1||STANZOUT||Colin Davies||Dwayne Dunn||2.1L||2||58.5kg||$17|
|4||7||DUSTY STAR||Peter Morgan||Craig Williams||2.5L||3||58kg||$10|
|5||2||GOLD TRAIL||Gary Portelli||Michael Rodd||3.75L||4||58.5kg||$9|
|6||10||LADY MAHLER||Clinton McDonald||Craig Newitt||5L||1||56.5kg||$26|
|7||6||SECOND EFFORT||Clinton McDonald||Danny Nikolic||9.25L||6||58.5kg||$6.50|
|8||5||DELAYEDREACTION (NZ)||Leon Corstens||Steven King||21.25L||8||58.5kg||$81|
|SCR||4||UXORIOUS||Matthew Williams||Dean Yendall||–||0||–||–|
|SCR||3||SECRET FLYER||Mark Young||Glen Boss||–||0||–||–|