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Smokin' Joey Wins Gr3 Bletchingly Stakes
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Coolmore's former dual Champion Australian Sire Encosta de Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) added a Group success when remarkably consistent 7YO gelding Smokin' Joey (Encosta de Lago-Dalzing, by Blazing Sword) scored by 2-lengths for trainer Wez Hunter in the $150,000 Gr3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 7YO mare Platinum Rocker (Love a Dane-Platinum Strip, by Magic of Money) & 3YO colt Petrology (Fastnet Rock-Romantic River, by Irish River). Smokin' Joey took his record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Goodwood Handicap, Gr3 Tab.com.au Stakes, Gr3 Victoria Handicap, Listed March Stakes & Listed Eye Liner Stakes) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 Emirates Stakes & Gr3 Sebring Stakes) from 53 starts for $1,489,283 earnings.