- For the village in Surrey, England, see Bletchingley.
|Dam||Coogee (GB) (7)|
|Grandsire||Star Kingdom (IRE)|
|Bletchingly is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Coogee (GB) (7) by Biscay. He was born around 1970 in Australia, and was bred by Stanley Wootton.|
|The Galaxy Handicap (1975)|
|Leading sire in Australia (1980, 1981, 1982)|
|Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on 23 May 2009|
Bletchingly (1970-1993) was an Australian Thoroughbred racehorse and stallion. A brilliant sprinter, he was by the successful speed stallion Biscay out of Coogee (GB) (by Relic (USA)). Bletchingly was bred by Stanley Wootton on the Baramul Stud in the Widden Valley, and was a three-quarter brother to another high-class sprinter, Beaches (by Todman). Stanley Wootton had imported Bletchingly's grandsire, Star Kingdom (IRE), from the United Kingdom in the 1950s, and the Irish stallion established Australia's foremost 20th century sireline.
Thought by his owner to be too small and unsound for a long racing career, Bletchingly was unraced as a two-year-old and won his only start as a three-year-old at the provincial track of Bendigo. At four, he showcased his ability by winning The Galaxy at Randwick and the Moomba Handicap at Flemington, in which he equalled the course record of 56.8 seconds for 1,000 metres. His five-start career produced four wins and a second, and prize money of A$28,715.
Entering Widden Stud in the spring of 1975, Bletchingly was an immediate success. His first crop included Kingston Town, who was named Australia's champion racehorse in 1980, and he was the leading sire in Australia from 1980 to 1982. Subsequent crops included 1984's champion Emancipation, the Golden Slipper winners Star Watch (1988) and Canny Lad (1990), and the Group One winners Canny Lass, Boardwalk Angel, Spirit Of Kingston, Best Western, True Version, and Wrap Around. His progeny were also notable for winning over a variety of distances.
Bletchingly died in July 1993 having sired 61 individual Group winners of 174 Group races. Since his death, he has been a champion broodmare sire in Australia, with his daughters producing at least 18 individual Group One winners, including Charge Forward, Bonanova, and Stella Cadente. In addition, one of his grand-daughters, Shantha's Choice (by Canny Lad), is the dam of champion sire Redoute's Choice.