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Victorian-bred gelding Bletchley Park has made a full recovery from a leg injury and returned to racing after an absence of 27 weeks in fine style with a stylish all-the-way victory in the 2536m Follow The Stars WA’s Leading Three and All Aged Sire Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Driven for the first time by Gary Hall jnr, Bletchley Park, the $1.60 favourite from the No. 1 barrier, was not seriously challenged as he set a solid pace and defeated Iceenothink ($16) by two lengths at a 1.57.2 rate.
Bunbury trainer Stephen Reed said that it was good to see Bletchley Park resume racing and continue the good form he showed before he hurt his off-side front leg when in the Narrogin Cup last March in which he finished seventh behind Vultan Tin.
“He tore a tendon sheath, nothing structural, but enough to irritate and cause a bit of a problem,” he said. “He did rehab work at Frank Bonnett’s and then came back to me looking really good.
“It has been smooth sailing and he hasn’t had any flare-ups. Once he drew one, I was reasonably confident, even though once they come back you don’t know whether they still have the appetite or whether they have lost it. The plan is to try to keep him sound and healthy and head towards the feature races in the summer.”
While Bletchley Park was impressive, it was good to see eight-year-old Iceenothink performing strongly at his first appearance for 16 months. Iceenothink, trained by Ross Olivieri and driven by Chris Lewis, trailed the pacemaker throughout and fought on solidly.
Bletchley Park, owned by Albert and Julie Walmsley, has earned $333,349 from 17 wins and 20 placings from 51 starts. He is by American Ideal and is out of the Caprock mare Alldatglittersisgold, the dam of eight winners of 135 races, including Baby Bling (55 starts for 21 wins, ten placings and $854,490) and Bling It On (100 starts for 49 wins, 24 placings and $1,882,957).