Bletchingly Stakes

The Bletchingly Stakes is a Group 3 race held at Caulfield Racecourse at the end of July as a final winter black-type or early Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival lead-up race.

2023 Bletchingly Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Ingratiating
  • 2nd: #2 General Beau
  • 3rd: #6 It'sourtime



The 2023 Bletchingly Stakes is a 1200m sprint race contested at Caulfield Racecourse in late July towards the end of the winter racing season.

Run under weight-for-age conditions, the Bletchingly Stakes attracts gallopers at the tail-end of their winter campaigns and also makes a nice early starting point for sprinters tracking towards the tougher upcoming races held during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Worth a total of $200,000 prize money as of 2022, the Bletchingly Stakes field often features runners that had a lead-up run in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at the same Caulfield track a fortnight earlier. Rubitano in 2002 was the last sprinter to do the Sir John Monash Stakes – Bletchingly Stakes double in the same year, but there have been a number of other horses to win both races on separate racing seasons.

Horses that race in the Bletchingly Stakes often progress onto other events such as the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) in mid-August or even the opening elite level race of the spring – the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m).

Shoot Out (2010) completed the Bletchingly Stakes – P.B. Lawrence Stakes double, while in 2018 the Bletchingly Stakes was won by the previous season’s Memsie Stakes winner Vega Magic (2017). The following year, Scales Of Justice (2019) took out the Bletchingly – Memsie double.

The 2022 Bletchingly Stakes form was franked with the winner King Of Sparta returning in the summer of 2023 to win the $1 million Magic Millions Sprint at the Gold Coast. The third-placed mare Mariamia further franked the form winning the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) in Sydney in the summer – autumn of 2023.

The 2023 Bletchingly Stakes ran on Saturday July 22, 2023 as a potential lead-up to the Group 1 spring races later in the year and was won by the Godolphin-raced Ingratiating ($4). 

2023 Bletchingly Stakes
Date: Saturday July 22, 2023
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2023 Bletchingly Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Ingratiating ($4)
  • 2nd: #2 General Beau
  • 3rd: #6 It’sourtime

The James Cummings-trained Frosted four-year-old Ingratiating ($4) returned to winning form with the Caulfield track specialist improving on a lead-up fifth in the Sir John Monash Stakes to post a half-length win in the 2023 Bletchingly Stakes results to round out Group racing for the season down under.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 INGRATIATING James Cummings Blake Shinn 3 58.5kg $4
2 2 GENERAL BEAU Mathew Ellerton Dean Yendall 0.5L 1 58.5kg $3.90F
3 6 IT’SOURTIME Danny O’Brien Ben Allen 1.25L 7 58.5kg $4.40
4 7 NICOLINI VITO Ben & JD Hayes Damien Oliver 1.35L 8 58.5kg $8
5 4 REGARDSMAREE Nick Ryan Billy Egan 3.1L 5 58.5kg $26
6 5 MNEMENTH Mitchell Beer Craig Williams 3.2L 6 58.5kg $7
7 9 ALPINE WOLF Barry Campbell Daniel Ganderton 4.95L 4 58.5kg $12
8 10 STARLIGHT SCOPE Pat Carey Jamie Mott 5.15L 2 56.5kg $51
9 3 TYCOONIST Chris Waller Jordan Childs 5.25L 9 58.5kg $26
8 WINDSTORM John Leek (Jnr) Beau Mertens 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Bletchingly Stakes Betting Odds

The winters’ best Bletchingly Stakes 2023 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be posted below the week of the race.

Viridine ($2.70 in 2020) was the last favourite in Bletchingly Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

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2023 Bletchingly Stakes Form

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2023 Bletchingly Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Bletchingly Stakes 2023 Tips on the Melbourne sprint this winter.

  • To Win: #6 It’sourtime ($5 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Wide open edition of the Bletchingly but happy to stick with the in-form It’sourtime. Would be shorter if this was run down the straight at HQ, but his Caulfield form is still strong (6:0-3-2). Danny O’Brien’s Time For War five-year-old has plenty of form over the distance (8:2-5-0) and is racing well. Last start Flemington winner in the Listed All Victorian Sprint Final. Up in grade but is a multiple Group place-getter and Group 1 performed. WFA is a test, but he’s going good enough to suggest he can win again.

2023 Bletchingly Stakes Field

The Bletchingly Stakes field often attracts graduates out of the Sir John Monash Stakes run at the track a fortnight earlier over 100m less distance. The Bletchingly Stakes also serves as a nice early spring starting point for gallopers eyeing Group race assignments over 1400m up to a mile in the coming months.

The official Bletchingly Stakes 2023 Final Field & Barriers are released the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2023 Bletchingly Stakes field features a small but quality field of winter sprinters led in betting by the rails-drawn General Beau coming off a third in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes and Godolphin’s The Everest performed Ingratiating

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 873x1200x5 INGRATIATING James Cummings Blake Shinn 3 58.5kg 102
2 0x49x53023 GENERAL BEAU Mathew Ellerton Dean Yendall 1 58.5kg 98
3 76x9750x08 TYCOONIST Chris Waller Jordan Childs 10 58.5kg 95
4 99x69260x8 REGARDSMAREE Nick Ryan Billy Egan 5 58.5kg 93
5 21x01x7101 MNEMENTH Mitchell Beer Craig Williams 6 58.5kg 96
6 82x2x24142 IT’SOURTIME Danny O’Brien Ben Allen 7 58.5kg 95
7 24421643×5 NICOLINI VITO Ben & JD Hayes Damien Oliver 9 58.5kg 94
8 111421150x WINDSTORM John Leek (Jnr) Beau Mertens 8 58.5kg 95
9 43x35223x1 ALPINE WOLF Barry Campbell Daniel Ganderton 4 58.5kg 84
10 328x345x61 STARLIGHT SCOPE Pat Carey 2 56.5kg 74

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Bletchingly Stakes Nominations

The full Bletchingly Stakes 2023 Nominations will be available below as soon as released by Racing Victoria the Monday leading-up to the race.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 43x35223x1 ALPINE WOLF G 4 Barry Campbell 84
2 430x86x670 BRERETON C 3 Peter G Moody 75
3 60455×8114 CHASSIS M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 92
4 0x49x53023 GENERAL BEAU H 4 Mathew Ellerton 98
5 873x1200x5 INGRATIATING H 4 James Cummings 102
6 82x2x24142 IT’SOURTIME G 5 Danny O’Brien 95
7 21x01x7101 MNEMENTH G 6 Mitchell Beer 96
8 24421643×5 NICOLINI VITO G 5 Ben & JD Hayes 94
9 63020x96x9 RED CHASE G 7 Austy Coffey 78
10 99x69260x8 REGARDSMAREE G 6 Nick Ryan 93
11 x7920x44x7 ROYAL MILE G 5 David Brideoake & Matt Jenkins 85
12 328x345x61 STARLIGHT SCOPE M 5 Pat Carey 74
13 76x9750x08 TYCOONIST G 5 Chris Waller 95
14 111421150x WINDSTORM G 6 John Leek (Jnr) 95

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Bletchingly Stakes History

Inaugurated in 1994, the Bletchingly Stakes was first won by Poetic King. The Bletchingly Stakes is the last Group race of the minor Melbourne winter racing season.

The race was initially run over 1100m, up until the 2004 edition when it was first held over 1200m, the distance it remains today. Initially graded as a listed race, the Bletchingly Stakes was upgraded to Group 3 status in 1997, with Blazing Reality taking it out that year.

Notable Bletchingly Stakes winners include Poetic King (1994), Regal Roller (2005), Apache Cat (2007) and Let Go Thommo (2009). Bletchingly Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Bletchingly Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Ingratiating 1 minute 09.53 seconds
2nd General Beau
3rd It’sourtime
2022
Bletchingly Stakes
1st King Of Sparta 1 minute 10.88 seconds
2nd Scallopini
3rd Mariamia
2021
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Sansom 1 minute 11.76 seconds
2nd Streets Of Avalon
3rd Isaurian
2020
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Viridine 1 minute 09.16 seconds
2nd Streets Of Avalon
3rd Great Again
2019
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Scales Of Justice 1 minute 10.08 seconds
2nd Jungle Edge
3rd Cliff’s Edge
2018
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Vega Magic 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Voodoo Lad
3rd Jungle Edge
2017
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Ability 1 minute 14.2 seconds
2nd Lankan Rupee
3rd Duke of Brunswick
2016
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Lord Of The Sky 1 minute 11.62 seconds
2nd Fast ‘N’ Rocking
3rd Mahuta
2015
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Smokin’ Joey 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Platinum Rocker
3rd Petrology
2014
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Thiamandi 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Gig
3rd Nearest To Pin
2013
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Second Effort 1 minute 11.5 seconds
2nd Academy Jack
3rd Launay
2012
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Ready To Rip 1 minute 12.8 seconds
2nd Zamorar
3rd Dusty Star
2011
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Mid Summer Music 1 minute 211.4 seconds
2nd Rue Maple
3rd Stanzout
2010
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Shoot Out 1 minute 11.7 seconds
2nd Stanzout
3rd Velocitea
2009
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Let Go Thommo 1 minute 11.5 seconds
2nd Orange County
3rd Mr Baritone
2008
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Commanding Hope 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Lucky Diva
3rd Red Arrow
2007
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Apache Cat 1 minute 09.3 seconds
2nd Haradasun
3rd Honalee
2006
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Minson 1 minute 09.3 seconds
2nd Red Dazzler
3rd Snort
2005
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Regal Roller 1 minute 13.7 seconds
2nd Super Elegant
3rd Le Zagaletta
2004
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Le Zagaletta 1 minute 14.3 seconds
2nd Yell
3rd Elvstroem
2003
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Super Elegant 1 minute 06.3 seconds
2nd Ruby Slipper
3rd The Big Chill
2002
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Rubitano 1 minute 03.7 seconds
2nd Ruby Slipper
3rd Dandy Kid
2001
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Windigo 1 minute 05.1 seconds
2nd Piavonic
3rd Flavour
2000
Bletchingly Stakes
1st Dandy Kid 1 minute 04.3 seconds
2nd Miss Pennymoney
3rd St Chrisoph

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