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.

2021 Bletchingly Stakes Results

  • 1st: #12 Sansom
  • 2nd: #1 Streets Of Avalon
  • 3rd: #7 Isaurian



The 2021 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 $160,000 prize money ($128,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19), 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 2021 Bletchingly Stakes ran on Saturday July 24, 2021 and was won in an upset by Sansom ($17). 

2021 Bletchingly Stakes
Date: Saturday July 24, 2021
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2021 Bletchingly Stakes Results

  • 1st: #12 Sansom
  • 2nd: #1 Streets Of Avalon
  • 3rd: #7 Isaurian

The Philip Stokes-trained Sansom ($17) was given a perfectly-timed ride by Ben Allen, the four-year-old running down Streets Of Avalon ($6.50) – runner-up in the race for the second year in a row – right on the line to take out the Bletchingly Stakes 2021.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 12 SANSOM (NZ) Phillip Stokes Ben Allen 11 58.5kg $17
2 1 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 0.1L 5 58.5kg $6.50
3 7 ISAURIAN James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 0.6L 7 58.5kg $6
3 9 THE ASTROLOGIST Leon & Troy Corstens Damien Thornton 0.6L 4 58.5kg $7
5 2 VIRIDINE James Cummings Damien Oliver 0.7L 10 58.5kg $5
6 5 RED CAN MAN David Brideoake Billy Egan 0.8L 3 58.5kg $4.40F
7 11 I AM SOMEONE Matt Laurie Ethan Brown 1.55L 8 58.5kg $91
8 3 ORDER OF COMMAND Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 1.65L 1 58.5kg $13
9 10 INN KEEPER Symon Wilde Dean Holland 2.4L 9 58.5kg $21
10 6 SECRET BLAZE Tony & Calvin McEvoy John Allen 2.5L 12 58.5kg $101
11 8 WILLIAM THOMAS John Price Michael Dee 3L 6 58.5kg $20
12 4 BRAVE SONG Peter & Paul Snowden Jack Hill 3.2L 2 58.5kg $51
13 DEXELATION Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jordan Childs 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Bletchingly Stakes Odds

The winters’ best Bletchingly Stakes 2021 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.

2021 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 2021 Final Field & Barriers are released the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2021 Bletchingly Stakes final field features 13 runners with the defending champion Viridine drawn gate 10 and the early favourite Red Can Man in gate three.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0984x1167x STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 5 58.5kg 110
2 x3425x4636 VIRIDINE James Cummings Damien Oliver 10 58.5kg 104
3 3722x329x9 ORDER OF COMMAND Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 1 58.5kg 103
4 9x6062329x BRAVE SONG Peter & Paul Snowden Jack Hill 2 58.5kg 95
5 x473246x71 RED CAN MAN David Brideoake Billy Egan 3 58.5kg 101
6 311218227x SECRET BLAZE Tony & Calvin McEvoy John Allen 12 58.5kg 97
7 x16x12x3x5 ISAURIAN James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 7 58.5kg 102
8 384337×330 WILLIAM THOMAS John Price Michael Dee 6 58.5kg 96
9 22145×5411 THE ASTROLOGIST Leon & Troy Corstens Damien Thornton 4 58.5kg 99
10 00865×1195 INN KEEPER Symon Wilde Dean Holland 9 58.5kg 93
11 536x99x740 I AM SOMEONE Matt Laurie Ethan Brown 8 58.5kg 90
12 234x11476x SANSOM (NZ) Phillip Stokes Ben Allen 11 58.5kg 97
13 232×632524 DEXELATION Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jordan Childs 13 58.5kg 89

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Bletchingly Stakes Nominations

The full Bletchingly Stakes 2021 Nominations will be available below as soon as released by Racing Victoria the Monday leading-up to the race.

The Godolphin-raced reigning winner Viridine is one of 21 horses making-up the 2021 Bletchingly Stakes nominations.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0984x1167x STREETS OF AVALON G 6 Shane Nichols 1 58.5kg 110
2 3722x329x9 ORDER OF COMMAND G 6 Danny O’Brien 2 58.5kg 103
3 x820x470x5 THE INEVITABLE G 5 Scott Brunton 3 58.5kg 98
4 x473246x71 RED CAN MAN G 4 David Brideoake 4 58.5kg 101
5 x16x12x3x5 ISAURIAN G 6 James Cummings 5 58.5kg 102
6 9x615x0641 KING OF HASTINGS G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 6 58.5kg 97
7 22145×5411 THE ASTROLOGIST G 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 7 58.5kg 99
8 00865×1195 INN KEEPER G 7 Symon Wilde 8 58.5kg 93
9 3112x1101x LA MEXICANA F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 9 56kg 87
10 234x11476x SANSOM (NZ) G 4 Phillip Stokes 10 58.5kg 97
11 25x7277x52 BANQUO H 4 Danny O’Brien 11 58.5kg 97
12 0x14115x ZOU DANCER F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 12 56kg 86
13 x3425x4636 VIRIDINE G 6 James Cummings 13 58.5kg 104
14 311218227x SECRET BLAZE G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 14 58.5kg 97
15 384337×330 WILLIAM THOMAS G 6 John Price 15 58.5kg 96
16 0x16232x48 GREAT AGAIN G 8 Lindsey Smith 16 58.5kg 99
17 232×632524 DEXELATION G 6 Richard & Chantelle Jolly 17 58.5kg 89
18 2403×43906 IRISH SONGS G 5 Kurt Goldman 18 58.5kg 79
19 34x131114x REGARDSMAREE G 4 Nick Ryan 19 58.5kg 94
20 536x99x740 I AM SOMEONE G 6 Matt Laurie 20 58.5kg 90
21 9x6062329x BRAVE SONG G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 21 58.5kg 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
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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