With the spring approaching, the Group 3 $125,000 2012 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) is set to be an exciting event with a number of quality horses likely to line up.
Held at Caulfield, the feature sprint is the only Group race in the entire country on July 28 and will be used by trainers for varying reasons.
Apart from offering a lucrative prize pool, the Bletchingly Stakes provides an opportunity for trainers to gauge where their runners are at before deciding on potential spring targets.
One horse likely to feature in the 2012 Bletchingly Stakes is international sprinter Green Birdie who has recently returned from a successful stint in Hong Kong.
The Tony Vasil-trained eight-year-old departed Australian shores in 2006 following a promising early career start and went on to win the Group 1 International Sprint in Hong Kong.
Since returning earlier this year, the veteran sprinter has had just one start which resulted in a seventh-place finish in the Listed Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield on July 14.
The elite-level winner is likely to be joined in the exciting sprint by Clinton McDonald-trained gelding Second Effort who finished sixth in the John Monash Stakes.
A son of Mossman, the five-year-old signalled his readiness for higher class of competition earlier this year when winning the Listed Wangoom Handicap (1200m) at Warrnambool in May.
The experienced pair will be joined by exciting youngster Mister Milton whose performance in the event will go along way to deciding spring ambitions for the colt.
Trained by Norman Waymouth, Mister Milton has just one career victory but has performed well in quality events including this year’s Group 1 Australian Guineas where he finished third.
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