2010 Underwood Stakes Field and Betting Preview

September 16th, 2010

The final field for the 2010 Rokk Ebony Underwood Stakes has been announced. Racing enthusiasts across Australia are rushing to back their favourite horse in the star-studded field that features no less than 10 future Cox Plate contenders.

So You Think is sitting pretty in barrier number two, adding to his chances of taking a win.

While there is no shortage of top thoroughbreds to back in this first Group 1 race of the Victoria racing season, plenty of eyes will be firmly placed on two of the biggest names in the race: Shocking and So You Think. It will be the first meeting featuring both of these champions.

The reigning Melbourne Cup champion, Shocking, will be receive plenty of support in this 2010 Underwood Stakes race. The bay horse shot to the top of the 2010 Melbourne Cup markets when he took an impressive first place finish in the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) earlier this month. There are many out there claiming that the champion is in even better form than last year, making him a good bet at 10.00 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au. Shocking will be starting from barrier number six.

Bart Cummings’s Moatize may have been scratched, but the top Aussie trainer still has two top stayers in the Underwood Stakes. In fact, So You Think is the odds on favourite to take the win and earn Cummings his fifth Underwood Stakes title. So You Think is the defending Cox Plate champion, and, more importantly, took a comfortable first place finish in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. It was the emerging champ’s first start in 12 months, which makes it all the more impressive. So You Think is sitting pretty in barrier number two, adding to his chances of taking a win.

Other horses to watch out for in this 2010 Underwood Stakes include Metal Bender in barrier number seven and Heart of Dreams in the coveted barrier number one.

Saturday, September 18 hosts both the 2010 Underwood Stakes and the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. There are also a couple smaller races jumping at Caulfield, including the Caulfield Guineas and the Thousand Guineas Prelude. Don’t forget to check out all of the racing offers and place your bets before race time.

2010 Underwood Stakes Field

No. Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 Shocking Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 6 59kg
2 Master O’Reilly (NZ) Danny O’Brien Dwayne Dunn 4 59kg
3 Zavite (NZ) Anthony Cummings Ben Melham 3 59kg
4 Metal Bender (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 7 59kg
5 Heart Of Dreams Mick Prince Damien Oliver 1 59kg
6 Red Ruler (NZ) John Sargent Nicholas Hall 9 59kg
7 Buccellati (GB) Tony Noonan Craig Williams 12 59kg
8 Largo Lad David Hayes Brad Rawiller 5 59kg
SCRATCHED Moatize Bart Cummings Chris Symons 11 59kg
10 So You Think (NZ) Bart Cummings Steven Arnold 2 58kg
11 Zabrasive (NZ) John O’Shea Craig Newitt 10 58kg
12 Dariana Bart Cummings Luke Nolen 8 56kg