Smokin Joey wins the Bletchingly Stakes

Smokin Joey

Smokin Joey wins the final group race of the 2014/15 season

The final group-level race of the season the $150,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) saw an exciting conclusion, as the Wez Hunter trained Smoking Joey had to com from last to first position on his way to a memorable victory.

Despite making a poor start, the horse ended victorious in a pretty dominant manner by 2 lengths, guided by jockey Chris Parnham. Trainer Wez Hunter later remarked positively about his horse. “I was a bit surprised how easy he did it. It was better than having a jump out next week that’s for sure,” Hunter said. “We didn’t give him a long time off from Queensland as he thrives on racing and it’s more a case of keeping him fresh,” he added.
“You just have to mix it up for him, yesterday he jumped about a dozen hurdles.”
“He’s been doing it for about two years now and he’s a very good jumper.”
“His owner is keen to try him over 2000 metres but we’ll see. The plan has always been the Lawrence then the Memsie (Stakes), then maybe the Makybe.”

Jockey Chris Parnham too looked happy with the result. “You sort of have to ride him bad for him to run at his best, which is what I tried to do,” Parnham said. “He’s probably a better horse at 1400 (metres), he was bit big in condition for today,” he added.

The Lee & Shannon Hope trained Platinum Rocker finished second, while the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig trained Petrology finished third 1-1/4 lengths behind at third. Pre-race $4 favourite Lord of Sky finished a disappointing last position eleventh.


James is an Australian Horse Racing enthusiast and latest news reporter

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