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Phillip Stokes’ Sir John Monash Stakes winning mare Mileva is back at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend heading markets on the 2022 Bletchingly Stakes as she looks to complete the Group 3 winter double second-up.
Fresh, the four-year-old daughter of Headwater was brave narrowly holding on to win the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) on July 9.
She returns fitter for the run this Saturday heading markets on a small 10-horse field for the Group 3 $200,000 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).
Drawn the outside barrier, jockey Daniel Moor retains the ride on Mileva who is out to win the Sir John Monash – Bletchingly Stakes double for the first time since Rubitano (2002).
The bookies are suggesting she can with Mileva sitting top of the Bletchingly Stakes odds at $4.60 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
It is an open edition of the weight-for-age winter sprint with a further five runners under double-figures for the win.
The current equal $6 second elects are the Peter Moody-trained Oxley Road and the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained King Of Sparta drawn in barriers eight and one respectively.
Exceed And Excel four-year-old Oxley Road has a strong Caulfield track record (6:2-1-2) including his Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) win here last spring.
First-up in the autumn he was second in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1000m) behind Marine One before a third to Marabi in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).
His last start produced a seventh in the Sir John Monash, a run that was better than it reads on paper with the entire under two lengths beaten with improvement to come.
King Of Sparta is out to be the first three-year-old Bletchingly Stakes winner since Thiamandi (2014), the son of I Am Invincible racing second-up with Jye McNeil to ride.
First-up the gelding, best known for his $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas win at the Gold Coast back in January, finished sixth to Juan Diva in Eagle Farm’s Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m).
He won a subsequent Hawkesbury trial through the week and, if he can settle better in his run, presents as a threat.
Occupying the third line of Bletchingly Stakes betting at $6.50 is Shane Nichols’ dual Group 1 winner Streets Of Avalon.
The seven-year-old son of Magnus is after his first win since the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes at the Caulfield track back in 2021.
He was runner-up fresh the past two years and returns after an excellent autumn headlined by his third in the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m) behind Zaaki.
Rounding out the single-figure Bletchingly Stakes chances this season are then the Joe Pride-trained Mariamia ($7) coming off back-to-back fourth placings this winter in good company and early market mover Scallopini ($9) from Brisbane.
2022 Bletchingly Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||5483x5632x||STREETS OF AVALON||Shane Nichols||Jack Hill||3||58.5kg||108|
|2||662x61x275||SCALLOPINI||Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted||Damien Oliver||5||58.5kg||102|
|3||x04460x406||AYSAR||Ben & JD Hayes||Blaike McDougall||6||58.5kg||97|
|4||411x00x233||SARTORIAL SPLENDOR||John Sadler||Damian Lane||7||58.5kg||92|
|5||007×007455||WILLIAM THOMAS||John Price||Ben Melham||4||58.5kg||85|
|6||2316x230x7||OXLEY ROAD||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||8||58.5kg||100|
|7||1243x319x6||KING OF SPARTA||Peter & Paul Snowden||Jye McNeil||1||58kg||92|
|8||59x13147x1||MILEVA||Phillip Stokes||Daniel Moor||10||56.5kg||100|
|9||x21230x3x8||FELICIA||Dean Binaisse||Craig Williams||2||56.5kg||98|
|10||3486363144||MARIAMIA||Joseph Pride||Ms Jamie Kah||9||56.5kg||89|
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