Nominations for the Bletchingly Stakes 2012, which runs at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday July 28, have now been released by Racing Victoria with 20 sprinters making up the early entries for the weight-for-age clash.
The $125,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) brings Group racing to a close for another season as the highlight of the final day of the 2011-12 Australian racing calendar and as such will be a popular event with the bookmaker.com.au punters.
Over the years the Bletchingly Stakes has produced a number of good horses including last year’s winner Mid Summer Music who went on to win the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) during this year’s Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Mid Summer Music’s trainer Peter Moody, best known as the horseman behind the country’s unbeaten turf queen Black Caviar, will be out for back-to-back Bletchingly Stakes wins this Saturday having nominated for two of his horses.
The first Moody-trained hopeful among the 2012 Bletchingly Stakes nominations is Ready To Rip who comes off a last start victory in the Listed All Victorian Sprint Final (1200m) at Flemington on July 7.
The All Victorian Sprint Final was the More Than Ready four-year-olds’ debut run for Moody, Ready To Rip having previously been prepared on the Sunshine Coast by Andrew Williamson.
Saturday will be their first look at Caulfield, which won’t be the case for their stablemate Le Societe should she be accepted into the Bletchingly Stakes field.
The three-year-old Anabaa filly has won three of her five career starts so far, including a first-up success at Caulfield on June 30 when she overcame barrier 13 of 15 and a Slow (7) track to win a 1000m handicap.
Le Societe backed up from that win on July 14 and was far from disgraced when running fourth as the beaten favourite to Platelet in the Listed Sir John Monash stakes (1100m) on a Heavy (9) Caulfield course.
The Darren Weir-trained Strategic filly Platelet has also been nominated for the Bletchingly Stakes on Saturday as they vie for their fourth win on the trot.
Weir’s Bletchingly Stakes runner-up Royal Bender is another Bletchingly hopeful this year, the four-year-old Refuse To Bend mare having also run a good second two starts back to Griffon in the Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm.
Bletchingly Stakes third placegetter Zamorar is also on track for a run in Saturday’s race, David Bourne’s Scandal Keeper three-year-old having won at Caulfield three starts back over 1100m beating Platelet by a nose.
The full 2012 Bletchingly Stakes nominations are listed in the table below.
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Bletchingly Stakes 2012 Nominations
27/07/2012 – Caulfield Racecourse, VIC
|1||DIPLOMATIC FORCE||Wayne Nichols||98|
|2||DUSTY STAR||Peter Morgan||95|
|3||EAGLE FALLS||David Hayes||106|
|4||GRAND BRITANNIA||Robbie Laing||70|
|5||GREEN BIRDIE (NZ)||Tony Vasil||107|
|6||HEART OF DREAMS||Mick Price||114|
|7||HOT SPIN||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||85|
|8||LE SOCIETE||Peter G Moody||87|
|9||MISS BINDI (NZ)||Colin & Cindy Alderson||90|
|10||MISTER MILTON||Norman Waymouth||80|
|11||MR CHARD||Dean Lawson||97|
|14||READY TO RIP||Peter G Moody||96|
|15||ROYAL BENDER||Darren Weir||89|
|16||SECRET FLYER||Mark Young||97|