A talented field of eleven sprinters has been confirmed for Saturday’s featured Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Lord Of The Sky clearly needed the run following a brief freshen-up when seventh in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) three weeks ago, but has opened as and maintained status as outright $2.80 favourite in 2015 Bletchingly Stakes betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Posting an impressive five wins and as many minors through 19 career starts so far, Lord Of The Sky was unable to make anything of an impact when eleventh in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) on February 28th, but responded well to finish credible fourth in the talent-rich Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on March 14th.
Placing a close second in each of the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) in his only other starts prior to the John Monash Stakes, the Danerich entire is undoubtedly the class horse of the Bletchingly Stakes field but arguably offers the best value for money as a selection in a quinella or trifecta bet.
Angels Beach is weighted well at only 56.5kgs, has been allocated the ideal barrier 1 and currently figures as sole occupant of the second line of 2015 Bletchingly Stakes betting at a quote of $4.80.
Finishing outside the first three only a handful of times through fifteen career starts, Angels Beach has been a strong and consistent performer for Peter Moody since first appearing competitively in late 2012 but has arguably found career-best form this time.
Finishing a close second in the ALH Group Plate (1000m) first-up on May 16th, the Bel Esprit mare was unlucky to be blocked late and sixth in the Listed June Stakes (1100m) three weeks later but charged home to again finish second in the Sir John Monash Stakes last time out.
Group 1 winner Smokin’ Joey was a late inclusion in nominations for the 2015 Bletchingly Stakes but remains perched on the third line of betting at a generous quote of $5.50 for success.
Returning this year for fourth in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) on January 24th, Smokin’ Joey returned to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) before running a close second to Suavito in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m).
The son of Encosta De Lago should take huge benefit from a brief spell since his last start success in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) on June 13th but will have to overcome a reasonably wide draw and race-high 58.5kgs if to claim success.
Petrology ($7) arguably offers the best value for money at current Bletchingly Stakes odds, while Platinum Rocker ($8.50) interestingly figures as the only other runner currently available at a quote of less-than $10.
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