Ladbrokes Tip: The Bletchingly Stakes serves as a good lead-up to the PB Lawrence Stakes
The Bletchingly Stakes is the final Group races of the season run on a Saturday in late July at Caulfield Racecourse during the Melbourne Winter Racing Carnival. The weight-for-age sprint is contested over 1200m and offers a total of $150,000 in total prize money.
It is the sole Black-Type race on the Caulfield card at the end-of-season meeting and can serve as either a final run for gallopers coming off a winter campaign or a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival lead-up for new season hopefuls.
The latest edition of the Bletchingly Stakes is due to run in July, 2017.
Bletchingly Stakes Field
The Bletchingly Stakes field attracts both end-of-season winter runners as well as spring-bound hopefuls kicking off the new season campaigns. Runners have a variety of different races they can come out of into the Bletchingly Stakes and in 2015 the winner Smokin’ Joey came off a victory in Queensland’s Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m).
The previous year Thiamandi (2014) also won her lead-up race into the Bletchingly Stakes field. Another good Bletchingly Stakes lead-up is the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at the same track a fortnight before, which the 2013 Bletchingly winner Second Effort finished third in.
A possible next-up run for Bletchingly Stakes graduates is Caulfield’s Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) in mid-August, a race the 2013 Bletchingly winner Second Effort won the previous year. Second Effort also ran third in the 2013 PB Lawrence Stakes on the back of his Group 3 win. The other race many runners back-up in is the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) a fortnight later at Caulfield Racecourse.
Bletchingly Stakes Odds
Bletchingly Stakes odds are led by proven Caulfield performers and local Melbourne hopes with good form over 1200m – 1400m. The race attracts both end-of-season and resuming spring hopefuls, so any first-up runners with a good record fresh also sit high up the Bletchingly Stakes betting markets.
Looking for in-form winter sprinters rounding out their preps in the Group 3 can also be a good Bletchingly Stakes betting guide. Bletchingly Stakes markets open the Wednesday before the race takes place on the Saturday following the release of the final field and barrier draw.
Bletchingly Stakes Tips
Top Bletchingly Stakes tips include looking for runners with a strong record over the distance (1200m), Melbourne runners that run well at the Caulfield track and Black-Type graduates coming off good lead-up winter runs.
There has been a number of double-figure winners include Thiamandi (2014) in the race so looking outside the favourite is also a good Bletchingly Stakes betting tip to consider.
Bletchingly Stakes Form Guide
The Bletchingly Stakes form guide, released when final acceptances close on the Wednesday before the race runs that Saturday, details crucial information like the jockeys and barriers as well as the lead-up runs of the sprinters in the field.
The Bletchingly Stakes form has stacked up in future Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival races a number of times in recent years including the PB Lawrence Stakes and the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) back at Caulfield in August. In 2014 the Bletchingly Stakes runner-up Gig also ran third in the Lawrence Stakes next start, a year after Second Effort (2013) ran third in the Lawrence after his Bletchingly success.
Bletchingly Stakes Results
The Bletchingly Stakes results over the past decade have been dominated by last-start winners and proven Melbourne performers. Notable recent Bletchingly Stakes winners include Smokin’ Joey (2015), Second Effort (2013), Mid Summer Music (2011) and Apache Cat (2007).
Bletchingly Stakes Winners
|2016||Lord Of The Sky||Fast ‘N’ Rocking||Mahuta||1:11.6|
|2015||Smokin’ Joey||Platinum Rocker||Petrology||1:11.2|
|2014||Thiamandi||Gig||Nearest To Pin||1:10.6|
|2013||Second Effort||Academy Jack||Launay||1:11.5|
|2012||Ready To Rip||Zamorar||Dusty Star||1:12.8|
|2011||Mid Summer Music||Rue Maple||Stanzout||1:11.4|
|2009||Let Go Thommo||Orange County||Mr Baritone||1:11.5|
|2008||Commanding Hope||Lucky Diva||Red Arrow||1:11.2|
|2005||Regal Roller||Super Elegant||Le Zagaletta||1:13.7|
|2003||Super Elegant||Ruby Slipper||The Big Chill||1:06.3|
|2002||Rubitano||Ruby Slipper||Dandy Kid||1:03.7|
|2000||Dandy Kid||Miss Pennymoney||St. Chrisoph||1:04.3|