Petrology Returns in Bletchingly Stakes 2015

Lindsay Park trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig may not have nominated for last start Monash Stakes winner Miss Promiscuity in Saturday’s 2015 Bletchingly Stakes, but the stable will still be represented in the Caulfield clash by returning colt Petrology.


Group 2 winner Petrology returns to racing at Caulfield on Saturday in the Bletchingly Stakes 2015. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

Hayes & Dabernig have opted to rest Miss Promiscuity and not shoot for the Melbourne winter stakes double in Saturday’s $150,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m), the weight-for-age showdown ending Black-Type racing for the season.

Only 11 gallopers are currently nominated for the event, including Fastnet Rock three-year-old Petrology who hasn’t raced since early March.

Winner of the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) last November, the progressive colt resumed on January 26 with a second to Java in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m).

After that he went up in class for a ninth to Dissident in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in mid-February and then a disappointing 12th last time out when beaten over six lengths by winner Wandjina in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 7 at Flemington.

That’s an effort co-trainer Dabernig is hoping the youngster can improve on first-up this weekend in the Bletchingly Stakes as he heads into races possibly up to 2000m this time in.

“He’s very effective anywhere from 1400 metres to a mile and even up to 1800,” Dabernig told AAP.

“You would think 2000 wouldn’t be a problem now that he’s a more mature horse but I think we’ll just let him place himself as he progresses.”

Dabernig said the galloper, who has his final run as a three-year-old on the weekend, had progressed well over his lengthy break and the team was happy with where he was at leading into Saturday’s starting point.

“He didn’t have too strong an autumn, so he had time for a good spell and he’s come back fit as a fiddle, nice and sound,” he said.

“He’s had two jump-outs and I’ve been really happy with him.

“The 1200 (metres) might be a bit sharp but it’s a nice race to kick him off.”

Other notable hopes among the Bletchingly Stakes nominations, which have been extended until 10am on Tuesday morning, include last year’s fourth placed Lord Of The Sky and the Peter Moody-trained Angels Beach.

Robbie Laing’s Danerich four-year-old is a dual Group 1 runner-up this year and is looking to atone for a below par seventh on July 4 at the track in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m), a race the stallion won last year.

Five-year-old Bel Esprit mare Angels Beach also comes off a Monash Stakes run where she finished an equal second in the winter feature along with Mark Kavanagh’s filly Wild Rain who is nominated for the Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville in Adelaide this Saturday.

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