Robbie Laing’s flying Monash Stakes winner Lord Of The Sky is one of the top acceptors in the Bletchingly Stakes 2014 field for Caulfield’s feature race this weekend.
The sole Group event across the country on Saturday, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Slickpix Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) features a final field of eight hopefuls.
Of those three come off a last start win including Laing’s last start winner of the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at the track, Lord Of The Sky.
Before that the Danerich colt also won over 1000m at Caulfield, the three-year-old now after a hat-trick and back-to-back Group 3 wins.
They carry the same 58kg as last start in the weight-for-age Bletchingly Stakes where Dwayne Dunn will ride them from barrier five having first jumped on their back in the Monash.
Their biggest danger and another of the last start winners in the mix is then the Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained Nearest To Pin.
Drawn ideally in barrier two with Nicholas Hall in the saddle, Adelaide raider Nearest To Pin was last seen winning the Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) at Flemington on July 12.
Hall was aboard the Golden Lake four-year-old for that black-type victory too but Nearest To Pin must go up from 55.5kg three kilos to 58.5kg on the weekend if they are to make the step to Group 3 company successfully.
Also coming from Adelaide is the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Thiamandi in barrier three with Michael Rodd booked for the mount.
A three-year-old daughter of Street Boss, Kennewell’s filly has won her past two on the trot firstly at home in the mud at Morphettville and then against a field of fellow fillies at Caulfield on July 5.
She had 59kg on her back for that eye-catching two length Caulfield win and will drop back notably to 56kg if she runs in the Bletchingly Stakes.
Thiamandi though could scratch out of the Melbourne race having also been accepted at home for the $80,000 Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) where she’s drawn the outside barrier (12) in the set weights clash.
Also coming off a nice run and drawn well for the Bletchingly Stakes then is the Mick Price-trained Le Bonsir with the rails run from barrier one.
Price’s six-year-old Choisir gelding has run second in their past two starts and faces the two horses that beat them home on the weekend.
Two back they were four and a half off Lord Of The Sky in the Monash Stakes and then last start Nearest To Pin beat them home by just a long neck in the All Victorian Sprint Final.
Also in the mix are Peter Moody’s 2012 Bletchingly Stakes winner Ready To Rip first-up here not having raced since a seventh at Flemington in late May and Shawn Mathrick’s Commands mare Gig coming off a good third to Akavoroun in the Winter Championship Final.
The full Bletchingly Stakes 2014 field, barriers and jockeys are detailed in the table below.
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2014 Bletchingly Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 5 (3:10pm) – 26/07/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||66x3x4557x||READY TO RIP||Peter G Moody||Brad Rawiller||8||58.5kg||102|
|2||07×2532422||LE BONSIR||Mick Price||Daniel Moor||1||58.5kg||100|
|3||x323631421||NEAREST TO PIN||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Nicholas Hall||2||58.5kg||96|
|4||0409×15267||GRAND EMPEROR||Saab Hasan||Steven Arnold||7||58.5kg||78|
|5||41x110x211||LORD OF THE SKY||Robbie Laing||Dwayne Dunn||5||58kg||103|
|6||x622633083||GIG||Shawn Mathrick||Vlad Duric||6||56.5kg||92|
|7||1662231889||RAIN FAST||Stephen Lenehan||Jye McNeil (a)||4||56.5kg||62|
|8||x54135x511||THIAMANDI||Lloyd Kennewell||Michael Rodd||3||56kg||80|