Early preview: Bletchingly Stakes final field and barrier draw

STREETS Of Avalon has drawn perfectly in gate 5 for his first-up crack in the Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Zac Spain takes the ride on the dual Group 1 winner who won the Group 2 Australia Stakes first-up last campaign.

His only query is the expected wet track conditions of which Streets Of Avalon has only placed three times from 11 attempts on soft and heavy tracks.

Last year’s winner Viridine has drawn gate 10 for Damien Oliver.

He has won three races on soft and heavy tracks and won two from 10 first-up.

James Cummings has also accepted with Isaurian who has won on a soft track previously.

Last start Monash Stakes winner Red Can Man has drawn gate 3 for Billy Egan but he has been unplaced on two runs on soft tracks.

The in-form The Astrologist, who has exceptional wet track form, will take his place in the field from gate 4 and should get an easy run in transit.

Danny O’Brien’s Order Of Command, who ran second behind Eduardo in The Galaxy on a soft track in March, jumps from gate 1 for Craig Williams.

There doesn’t appear to be an awful lot of early speed in the race so it’s not expected to be a fast run 1200m.

The track on Wednesday was rated a Heavy 8 after 26.4mm of rain in the past seven days.

Only a shower or two is forecast for Melbourne on Wednesday.

No rain is forecast Thursday, 0-2mm is forecast Friday and 2-5mm is forecast on Saturday.

The track is expected to remain in the Soft 7-Heavy 8 range given the cool maximum temperatures and cool nights.

Wind is not forecast to be a huge factor at this stage, although there could be a slight tail wind for horses in the home straight.



1 STREETS OF AVALON Zac Spain (5) 58.5kg

2 VIRIDINE Damien Oliver (10) 58.5kg

3 ORDER OF COMMAND Craig Williams (1) 58.5kg

4 BRAVE SONG (2) 58.5kg

5 RED CAN MAN Billy Egan (3) 58.5kg

6 SECRET BLAZE John Allen (12) 58.5kg

7 ISAURIAN Ms Jamie Kah (7) 58.5kg

8 WILLIAM THOMAS Michael Dee (6) 58.5kg

9 THE ASTROLOGIST Damien Thornton (4) 58.5kg

10 INN KEEPER Dean Holland (9) 58.5kg

11 I AM SOMEONE Ethan Brown (8) 58.5kg

12 SANSOM (NZ) Ben Allen (11) 58.5kg

13 DEXELATION Jordan Childs (13) 58.5kg

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