Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes Tips & Preview
Can you smell that?
No, it’s not napalm… Spring is in the air!
The Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes has arrived already and we are only weeks away from the season’s first Group 1.
You could be smelling victory as well come Saturday evening if you reign supreme in our TopBetta Skins Final.
The feature race for the day will be run at Caulfield, a race that has been won over the years by horses such as Smokin’ Joey, Shoot Out, Mid Summer Music, Apache Cat and Regal Roller.
Check out the field for Saturday below!
Fascinating field with a mixture of the old and new set to duke it out. The speed looks to be on early with the likes of Mahuta, Charmed Harmony, Lord Of The Sky (solid two weeks ago) and of course The Cleaner likely to press forward. Three of those four present ‘fresh’ here though and are all suited over further distance.
Will they set it up for the swooping sprinters like Runway Star and Fast ‘N’ Rocking?
Smokin’ Joey is a Group 1 winner who’s amassed almost 1.5 million dollars in prizemoney across his 59 career starts, but his recent runs suggest his best is behind him.
The Key Chances
The Cleaner has never won a race below 1600m; that’s important to note but this is his first start for his new trainer and the Gelagotis boys have been able to produce their middle distance gallopers fresh in black type races before. He’ll bowl along but looks a risk at $9.
Fast ‘N’ Rocking broke the back of many tournament punters with a luckless run first-up. That’s his style though and from barrier 11 he’ll be spotting them a start.
Mahuta is the new kid on the block, he’s won five from six with the blinkers on and no doubt has improved with some time to relax for the Weir camp.
Runway Star is the unknown quantity, can the Adelaide form measure up in Melbourne? Phillip Stokes and Dom Tourneur are certainly the right combination to try and achieve it. Their mare has a terrific fresh record (four wins from six starts).
Thermal Current is going well and back out to 1200m probably suits him. Might lack the class but will run well.
Charmed Harmony failed miserably in the Brisbane Winter, he’s better than that and can potentially just sit in behind the leaders, this time, around from the cosy draw.
Watch the 2016 Group 1 Goodwood Handicap featuring Fast N Rocking and Smokin’ Joey below.
Fast ‘N’ Rocking will not get a better chance to win a Group 3 race this spring. Most of his rivals are not yet fit and are better suited over further ground. He’ll get back and power home late.
Small savers on Thermal Current who will need luck but will be in that group behind the four leaders and also Runway Star who’s run behind Precious Gem in Adelaide reads well and her fresh form is hard to deny.