2014 Bletchingly Stakes nominations have been extended until tomorrow morning after only eight horses were entered for the final Group race of the 2013/2014 racing season.
Talented sprinter Lord Of The Sky is set to contest the Group 3 event and his presence may have led to rivals trainer avoiding the race after he scored a dominant four and a half lengths victory in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on July 5.
Lord Of The Sky started his winter campaign with a close second in the Auckland Racing Club Handicap (1000m) at Flemington on April 25 and was found to be suffering from a respiratory issue after the race before returning to winning form in the Taralye Listen Learn Speak Handicap at Caulfield on May 17.
There has always been plenty of hype around the Danerich colt and he will be at short odds to become the first horse since Rubitano in 2002 to complete the John Monash Stakes/Bletchingly Stakes double.
Le Bonsir finished second behind Lord Of The Sky in the Sir John Monash Stakes and will have the opportunity to turn-the-tables on his rival after he was included in the nominations for the Bletchingly Stakes.
The Choisir gelding has not recorded a race win since he took out the Listed Drummond Golf Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 14, but has raced consistently during his winter campaign and finished a narrow second behind Nearest To Pin in the Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) at Flemington on July 12.
Nearest To Pin was a late inclusion in the nominations for the All Victorian Sprint Series Final, which proved a masterstroke for trainer Leon Macdonald.
The Golden Lake gelding has been a consistent performed throughout his racing career, but will be having just his second start at Group level after he finished sixth behind Essay Raider in the Group 3 McKay Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville on April 26.
Shawn Mathrick-trained Gig has been up and running since November last year and is set to drop back in trip for the Bletchingly Stakes on Saturday.
Gig has not raced over 1200 metres since she finished sixth behind Driefontein in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Classic (1200m) at Morphettville on April 26, but has performed well over 1400 metres and a mile; finishing eighth at Group 1 level in the Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 21 and third in the Listed VRC Winter Championship Final (1600m) at Flemington on July 12.
Ready To Rip avoided a clash with Lord Of The Sky after he was scratched from the John Monash Stakes field and he was also a late withdrawal from the All Victorian Sprint Series Final, but is set to return to the races for the first time since May in the Bletchingly Stakes.
The More Than Ready gelding has not scored a race win since he took out the Listed Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m) at Caulfield in March of last year, but has been far from disgraced in each of his race starts this preparation.
Talented filly Thiamandi is a chance of making her debut at Group level in the Bletchingly Stakes, while Ross Pecora-trained Winta Chiller and the lowly rated Rain Fast have also been included in the nominations for the $150,000 event!
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