Bletchingly Stakes to Cox Plate 2012 for Mr Chard

July 25, 2012

Bletchingly Stakes to Cox Plate 2012 for Mr Chard

This Saturday Dean Lawson’s untapped four-year-old Mr Chard will kick off their spring preparations in the Bletchingly Stakes which if all goes to plan this time could turn into a 2012 Cox Plate bid.

Mr Chard

Mr Chard will start their spring preparations in the Bletchingly Stakes

The Al Samer stallion has raced just 14 times to date for a trio of turf triumphs, two of which came back-to-back at Caulfield and then Flemington during the 2010 Melbourne Sprint Racing Carnival.

After saluting on a Heavy (10) track to beat home Skilled in the Listed Gothic Stakes (1400m) they went on to win the Group 3 Inglis Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.

They resumed in last year’s Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, a three run campaign finishing up with a credible fourth to Shamrocker in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).

Following the Guineas Mr Chard spent a year on the sidelines due to a suspensory ligament injury and was forced to miss the entire spring.

Lawson was originally eyeing Australasia’s weight-for-age championship, the Cox Plate, with the then three-year-old but had to abandon the dream.

“I always thought as an autumn three-year-old that he probably should have nearly won the Australian Guineas and then the Cox Plate would have been the aim in the spring,” Lawson admitted.

He hasn’t forgotten it however and the Flemington-based horseman is hopeful the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), running this year at Moonee Valley on Saturday October 27, can be on the agenda again for Mr Chard.

The horse was last seen running a first-up 12th when beaten five lengths by Hay List in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 10.

“There’s a lot of options and basically we want to just get over the first hurdle and then map out a path,” Lawson said.

“Obviously the Cox Plate would be the main goal, along with 40 other horses, and I’d like to think the horse is good enough to be running in that race.

“I don’t think he’s lost any ability, it’s just that he’s got a leg now that has had an injury.”

Rested again after that effort they hit Caulfield this Saturday in the $125,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) where their possible rivals including resuming champ Heart Of Dreams, Green Birdie who races for the second time back in Oz after a lengthy stint in Hong Kong, and Darren Weir’s flying Strategic filly Platelet out for her fourth win on the trot and third straight at Caulfield.

“The original plan in the autumn was to just run him in the Newmarket to test his leg and then put him away for the spring,” Lawson said.

“But he pulled up so well that we thought about giving him another couple of starts.

“A couple of days before he was going to run again he must have got cast in his box and was lame across his hind quarter so we had to put him in the paddock, which was the original plan anyway.”

The 2012 Bletchingly Stakes final field is due out shortly and will be published right here at Races.com.au.

Cox Plate 2012 nominations meanwhile will be taken on Tuesday August 7.

Betting on the Cox Plate is already open at our preferred online bookie bookmaker.com.au, the ante-post odds offering plenty of value.

Check out the full markets now at bookmaker.com.au and if you are new to sign up and deposit make sure you use the promo code BONUSBET to unlock your $300 Bonus Welcome Bet!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field