Adelaide filly Thiamandi has officially been withdrawn from the Lightning Stakes at home this weekend and will instead take on a Group 3 field at Caulfield in the 2014 Bletchingly Stakes.
A dual acceptor for Saturday racing, the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Street Boss three-year-old has been confirmed now as a starter in Melbourne’s $150,000 Group 3 Slickpix Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).
“She’ll run in Melbourne,’’ Kennewell confirmed to The Advertiser on Friday speaking from his bucks’ party in the USA.
Up in class and distance, Thiamandi shoots for her second straight win at Caulfield after an impressive two length effort over 1100m at the track from July 5.
“She’s done really well since her last win in Melbourne,” Kennewell added.
“We could have run her in Adelaide, but we’re really keen to see her run in Melbourne against those horses at weight-for-age level.
“It’s not the strongest Group 3 race so it’s a good opportunity to test her.’’
That came on the back of a win at home at Morphettville seven days earlier and was against an open field of three-year-olds.
She carried 59kg for her latest victory and so will appreciate a drop down to 56kg under the weight-for-age conditions of the Bletchingly.
Thiamandi also gets a jockey change for her acid test with top hoop Michael Rodd replacing Joe Bowditch in the saddle.
She is the third withdrawal from Saturday’s $80,000 Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville where she had drawn the outside barrier in the then 12-horse field.
Barrier three for the Bletchingly then will suit much better, Thiamandi the $8.50 third pick in the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Bletchingly Stakes betting is firmly led by odds-on favourite Lord Of The Sky (barrier five) coming off a big win in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) from the start of the month.
Second pick is then Monash Stakes runner-up Le Bonsir on the rails who has just this morning firmed in from $7 to $6.50 to turn the tables on exciting young colt Lord Of The Sky.
The field also features fellow South Australian visitor Nearest To Pin who comes off an impressive last start win in the All Victorian Sprint Series Final at Flemington.
“He’s in good order so we thought we’d have another crack with him,” co-trainer Andrew Gluyas said of the Golden Lake gelding.
“He was strong on the line last time and the small field is in his favour.”
With Thaimandi out, Kennewell’s sole chance in the Lighting Stakes this weekend then is the in-form Ship’s Captain.
They’ve drawn barrier six and will be ridden by Jason Holder in their third run this prep.
First-up they won over 1050m at Balaklava and then finished second behind the Phillip Stokes-trained Buddy Bundy on July 12, the latter favourite for the Lighting Stakes.
“He’s going really well,” Kennewell said of his Bel Esprit three-year-old.
“I think he’ll run a super race despite being badly weighted.”
Ship’s Captain carried 56.5kg last start but goes up to 58kg on Saturday, the same weight Buddy Bundy has as they drop back from 58kg.
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