Sectional Stars - Bletchingly Stakes Day

  • Four sectional stars from Bletchingly Stakes Day 
  • Are these horses to follow? 
Voodoo Lad is racing in tremendous form this preparation.

Spring was well and truly in the air at Caulfield on Saturday. With the sun shining down for most of the day, Group 1 sprinters returned for the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) won by Vega Magic. 

We look at four horses that didn’t win, but smashed the clock. It may pay to follow these sectional stars next start. 

Race 3 - 1:10pm Handicap (1600m) - NETHERFIELD 
The Mick Price-trained NETHERFIELD showed significant improvement from his first-up run to his second-up run and the clock backed up what we saw visually. He sat back in the field off a slowly run first 1000m before peeling wide on the home turn. Once balanced up he really hit the line hard, running the quickest last 600m, 400m and 200m of the race. He ran the final 600m in 35.06s and was the only horse to run a quicker final 600m that the eventual winner Mantastic, who looks a classy type. 

Race 4 - 1:45pm Ladbrokes Multiverse Handicap (1200m) - MARIQUITA
The hot tempo from the three favourites Princess of Queens, Merriest and Modern Wonder set the race up for a horse to swoop home and it was MARIQUITA who smashed the clock. The five-year-old mare was having only her second start in Victoria for new trainer Shane Nicolas and she looks like she has a future in these races. She flashed home into second behind Chiavari and did so by running the quickest last 400m (22.42s) and 600m (33.91s) of the entire meeting. She also ran her last 800m in 45.88s, which was the fourth fastest for the meeting. 

Race 7 - 3:40pm The Big Screen Company Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) - VOODOO LAD 
The winner of the Bletchingly Stakes, Vega Magic was obviously extremely impressive, however, the horse the clock is telling me to focus on, is the Darren Weir-trained VOODOO LAD. Now, I’m not suggesting for a second that Voodoo Lad is a better horse than Vega Magic, I’m simply saying Voodoo Lad ran better than the final margin (3 lengths) would suggest. He ran the quickest last 200m, 400m, 600m, 800m and 1000m of the race, whilst running 45.39s for his last 800m and 56.22s for his last 1000m, which were both the quickest sectionals of the meeting. 

Race 8 - 4:20pm Barbara Hardeman VOBIS Gold Reef (1600m) - CAPTAIN HARRY
It took the Darren Weir-trained CAPTAIN HARRY 11 starts to break his Maiden, however, I’m convinced he is a city class horse and the clock agrees. The list of horses he bumped into in country maidens includes Leather’n’lace, Stylish Missile, Eptimum, Tamasa and Peaceful State. Onto his run on Saturday, he struggled to get clear galloping room in the straight until he peeled outside Remember The Name inside the final 200m. When clear he flashed home and narrowly missed the placings. He ran the quickest last 200m of the race (11.57s) which was also the seventh fastest last 200m of the meeting. 

Sectional Stars 

Caulfield Race 3 - NETHERFIELD
Caulfield Race 4 - MARIQUITA 
Caulfield Race 7 - VOODOO LAD 
Caulfield Race 8 - CAPTAIN HARRY

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Sectional Stars - Bletchingly Stakes Day

Spring was well and truly in the air at Caulfield on Saturday. With the sun shining down for most of the day, Group 1 sprinters returned for the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) won by Vega Magic.

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