Last start Sir John Monash Stakes winner Lord Of The Sky has opened odds-on favourite to take out the Bletchingly Stakes 2014 and make it back-to-back Group 3s at Caulfield this weekend.
Robbie Laing’s speedy Danerich colt relished a step up in class on July 5 combining with jockey Dwayne Dunn to post an impressive four and a half length win over Le Bonsir in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m).
The rising four-year-old, who Laing has 2014 Memsie Stakes plans for this spring, gets a chance to win again when they return to the track on Saturday for the $150,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).
Drawn in barrier five with Dunn retraining the ride, Lord Of The Sky carries 58kg again under the WFA conditions and pays a short $1.60 in the early Bletchingly Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
They are the clear pick in the markets with the bookies having a hard time separating the rest of t their seven rivals.
Four of the other hopes are also under $10 to win, the closest being Monash Stakes runner-up Le Bonsir at $7.
Mick Price’s Choisir gelding was a distant second to Lord Of The Sky two back but has had another run since when second again, this time defeated only a long neck by Nearest To Pin in the Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) at Flemington on July 12.
Winner of that race, Morphettville visitor Nearest To Pin is also backing up in the Bletchingly and pays $8.50 as the equal third pick.
They’ve drawn nicely in barrier two jumping one outside the rails drawn Le Bonsir.
Also at $8.50 to score an upset Bletchingly Stakes result is then fellow Adelaide visitor Thiamandi in barrier three with Michael Rodd to ride.
A dual acceptor for the weekend having also been paid up for the Listed Lightning Stakes at home on Saturday where they’ve drawn barrier 12 of 12, Lloyd Kennewell’s Street Boss filly has won her past two on the trot including over the 1100m here on Monash Stakes Day.
She put two lengths on a field of fellow three-year-old fillies in that handicap clash when carrying 59kg so will relish a drop back to 56kg in the Bletchingly if she runs.
Thiamandi was being spruiked as one of the youngsters Laing and Lord Of The Sky should watch out for, but so far the colt has held her measure beating her by eight lengths when they met during their two-year-old season.
“They told me she was going lead him as a two-year-old about 12 months ago but she didn’t get within four or five lengths of him for early pace,” Laing told AAP.
The last of the single figure hopes is then the Peter Moody-trained Ready To Rip at $9.50 who won the Bletchingly back in 2012.
They’ve won just one race in the past 24 months though and were last seen finishing seventh to Lonhspresso in the Listed Straight Six (1200m) at Flemington back in May.
Rounding out the Bletchingly Stakes 2014 field and odds are then Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara graduate Gig ($14) coming off a third to Akavoroun in the Winter Championship Final, Grand Emperor ($41) and roughie of the lot Rain Fast ($201).
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