Racing: Smokin’ Joey wins Bletchingly Stakes   Leave a comment

Racing: Smokin’ Joey wins Bletchingly Stakes

July 25, 2015 – 6:47PM

Andrew Garvey

Chris Parnham after riding Smokin' Joey to win the Race-Tech Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse.Chris Parnham after riding Smokin’ Joey to win the Race-Tech Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse. Photo: Getty Images

He might have been the veteran of the field, but rising eight-year-old Smokin’ Joey showed he is in for another successful campaign that might even lead to a Cox Plate start, when outclassing his rivals in the group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200 metres).

In an indication of how well the gelding is going, his trainer, Wez Hunter, had considered giving him a barrier trial next week before electing to run on Saturday.

“It was better than having a jump out next week, that’s for sure,” Hunter said.

Ridden by former West Australian rider Chris Parnham, who moved to Victoria to complete his apprenticeship with Hunter this year, Smokin’ Joey was giving all his rivals a start as the field approached the home turn.

However, once Parnham asked him to go forward, Smokin’ Joey quickly moved into the race around the outside of the field.

Craig Williams had driven fellow seven-year-old Platinum Rocker ($9) through the field to challenge at the 250m, but Smokin’ Joey ($6.5) immediately grabbed him and drew clear to win by two lengths, with Petrology ($7) battling on for third a further 1¼ lengths away.

“He’s the sort of horse that needs plenty of room and you have to ride him ‘bad’ for him to be at his best,” Parnham said.

“I did that today and he was too strong.” Hunter, who has had great success with Smokin’ Joey since taking over his training two years ago, was not expecting such an easy victory.

“He was never going to lose but I was a bit surprised by how easy he did it.”

Smokin’ Joey will now head towards the G2 P. B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in three weeks, before being stretched over more ground with a long term goal possibly being the Cox Plate.

“His owner, Joe Lanteri, is keen to try him at 2000 metres, ” Hunter said, adding that Smokin’ Joey’s full brother, Our Smoking Joe, won up to 2500 metres.

“He’s nominated for the Cox Plate but we’ll see where he gets to,” Hunter said.

The disappointment of the race was $4 favourite Lord Of The Sky, who yet again let punters down.

After being given no peace in front by Rich Jack, Lord Of The Sky dropped out to finish last and was later found to be lame in the off fore leg.

“He’s pulled up sore, just another excuse,” his rider, Craig Newitt, said

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