2010 Bletchingly Stakes Preview & Betting Tips

This Saturday the action and excitement of the 2010 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival gets underway at Caulfield racecourse with the running of the first Group race of the season, the $125,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).

Eleven excellent hopefuls will take to the track in the 2010 Bletchingly Stakes ready to kick-start their spring campaigns with a stakes win, including the pronounced favourite Shoot Out.

The John Wallace-trained winner of the Group 1 AJC Derby (2400m) back in April is having his first-up run in the Bletchingly Stakes on Saturday after a four month break, with Wallace confident the High Chaparral gelding can take it out from barrier one.

Drawn ideally and coming off an impressive hitout over 900m at Doomben, Shoot Out looks well poised to win on Saturday and begin his ambitions spring campaign with Wallace nominating Shoot Out for $3million Cox Plate and the $6million Melbourne Cup.

It is a classy field Shoot Out must beat in the Bletchingly, with other top chances including local veteran Royal Ida (#3 – Br. 10) who ran third in the Listed J Monash Stakes (1100m) here last start, J Monash runner-up Keano (#7 – Br. 4) trained by Danny O’Brien, and improving gelding Tollesprit (#9 – Br. 3).

But Shoot Out’s biggest dangers will come from two classy mares, horses 10 and 11, Velocitea and Elumino.

The Mick Price-trained Velocitea has drawn midfield in the Bletchingly Stakes with barrier six, the impressive Volksraad mare running in their first race since winning the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville back in May.

Velocitea’s Goodwood victory was the culmination of an impressive summer/autumn campaign that also included a second to Rostova in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m).

At good odds Velocitea looks a great value bet to win at Ladbrokes.com.au.

The other horse with claims is the Peter Moody-trained Elumino.

Drawn ideally in barrier two, the rising five-year-old mare took out the prestigious Victorian Sprint Series at Flemington at the start of the month, has a consistent record over this distance and looks an excellent Each Way bet through Ladbrokes.com.au.

The 2010 Bletchingly Stakes is scheduled as race number six on Caulfield’s bumper eight-event card for Saturday and is due to jump at 3:07pm.

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Races.com.au Bletchingly Stakes Betting Tips:

#10 Velocitea – racted special to win bet now at Ladbrokes.com.au

And to run second and third the chances are:

#11 Elumino  Ladbrokes.com.au

#8 Shoot Out  Ladbrokes.com.au

#3 Royal Ida   Ladbrokes.com.au

#7 Keano  Ladbrokes.com.au

2010 Bletchingly Stakes Final Field, Barrier Draw & Form



Horse Name












1 2062578x Mr Baritone 58.5 8 8G M Zahra M D Moroney +6.5 62-8-22 $1245670 49 25/1 3.5
2 -00X008X Douro Valley 58.5 9 8G J Winks P J Morgan -0.5 57-8-15 $1239258 294 50/1 9.0
3 34x141X3 Royal Ida 58.5 10 9G B Rawiller L Oliver +0.0 56-18-15 $825399 14 5/1 0.2
4 02-18-84 Stanzout 58.5 7 7G C William C J Davies +0.0 38-8-8 $604882 14 15/1 0.7
5 3706X77X Secret Flyer 58.5 5 6G L McGill M W Young +2.0 26-9-6 $357773 175 20/1 3.8
6 2312116X Apprehend 58.5 11 4G K Sanderson A J Vasil +1.0 28-6-11 $364192 164 7/2 5.1
7 x1757X92 Keano 58.5 4 4H N Hall D O’Brien +0.0 18-5-4 $276537 14 10/1 0.1
8 5-12141X Shoot Out 58.0 1 3G S Katsidis J P Wallace +1.5 11-5-2 $1364200 112 15/4 1.3
9 4-8X117X Tollesprit 58.0 3 3G S W Arnold S Fliedner +8.0 11-4-2 $261375 147 20/1 3.0
10 0X112x1X Velocitea 56.5 6 4M C Newitt M G Price +2.5 18-7-6 $551920 90 6/1 0.4
11 X11-0331 Elumino 56.5 2 4M L Nolen P Moody +3.5 14-6-4 $263951 21 12/1 0.2

Form Legend:

No: Saddlcloth number of the horse

Form: Last eight placings, X means a break of three months or more, – means let up

Horse Name: Racename of the horse

Hand: Weight the horse is handicappted at and will carry for the race

B: Barrier number, position horse is drawn

AS: Age and sex of horse

Jockey: Jockey that will ride horse

Trainer: Trainer of the horse

Wdiff: The difference in weight between this start and the horse’s last start

Career: S – Total career starts for the horse / W – Number of wins / P – Number of placings

Stakes: How much prizemoney the horse has won

Lrun: How many days since the horse had last run

Lsp: The odds the horse started at in their last run

Mgn: The distance by which the horse won or was beaten by at their last start