See the 2020 Bletchingly Stakes Preview and Results.
The Bletchingly Stakes was first run in 1994 as a Listed race over 1100m at Caulfield when it was won by Poetic King. It is named in honour of the racehorse Bletchingly who was a former champion and a sire. In 1997 it was elevated to a Group 3 race, and in 2004 the distance was increased to the current 1200m. In 2017 only it was held at Sandown Lakeside before returning to Caulfield.
It attracts a mix of horses at the end of their winter campaigns plus horses resuming from a spell hoping to head to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, and is the feature race of the day at Caulfield, with no other black-type racing held on the program. It is also the last Group race of the racing season. Winter runners can come from a variety of races including the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield two weeks earlier. The 2015 winner came from a victory in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes in Queensland, while the 1200m All Victorian Sprint can also be used as a lead-up.
Horses that run in the Bletchingly Stakes may continue on to the Listed Regal Roller Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield, the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes or even the Group 1 Memsie Stakes over 1400m. The 2019 winner Scales Of Justice went on to win the Memsie.