Bletchingly Stakes Final Group Race of 2015 – 2016
June marks the end of the thoroughbred racing season, so far as Group 1 races are concerned, at least, but near the end of July, Caulfield hosts the last Group race of the season, the 1200 m weight-for-age Bletchingly Stakes.
A relative newcomer to the Australian thoroughbred racing calendar, the Bletchingly Stakes was first won by Poetic King in 1994. It was a listed race for its first three years and was elevated to Group 3 status in 1997 as it was seen to be attracting classy horses.
The winner in 2007, Apache Cat, is probably the most notable in terms of name recognition. He won eight Group 1 races and 19 all together from 43 starts.
Last year’s winner was Smokin’ Joey.
Racing punters will have a nine-race card for the day, with the Bletchingly Stakes being the top attraction before the new season gets underway in August and it is not unreasonable to speculate that runners that do well in the Bletchingly Stakes could show up for the early season marquee races in Melbourne and Sydney, with the Memsie Stakes offering the horses the same Caulfield racecourse and weight-for-age conditions over 1400 m.