Bletchingly Stakes Tips – Sesar a clear standout
A small but classy field of nine has been declared for Saturday’s Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
Scales Of Justice and Cliff’s Edge are two of the highest rated horses in the field and are first-up as they gear up for the spring, but based on their recent jumpouts, I can’t see them claiming victory at this early stage of their preparations.
True Excelsior also resumes and has found a tough contest first-up, while Jungle Edge, Bandipur and All About Nicci come though the Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) having finished 2nd, 6th and 11th respectively.
Miss Vixen is a last start winner at the track and distance, but that race rated poorly and was three lengths slower than the two-year-old race in the previous event, as well as the three-year-old event later in the day.
And while Spirit Of Aquada isn’t my top selection for the race, he has been racing extremely well and looks suited stepping back up to 1200m following a 2nd to Tavisan over 1000m at Sandown after a six-week let-up.
The Hawkes Racing-trained Sesar is clearly the one to beat based on his last start run in the Winter Dash (1200m) at Randwick where he came from last to defeat Boss Lane and Jungle Edge.
Admittedly, Jungle Edge meets him 4kg better at the weights, but I don’t put much emphasis on weights in sprint events.
Sesar’s overall BM performance of 9.8 lengths above BM rated as the strongest performance for the meeting, and his winning time of 01:10.33 on a Heavy 8 was three lengths quicker than Santa Ana Lane’s win in the TJ Smith Stakes on a Soft 7.
That was Sesar’s first run for the Hawkes stable, and he did finish 4.9 lengths from Sunlight in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at his only run in Melbourne when trained by Steven O’dea.
He looks bigger and stronger now, and with a five-week break since his first run in 31 weeks, he should be nice and fresh and ready to fire.