A star-studded line-up of 2011 Melbourne Cup hopefuls have been entered for the feature race at Caulfield this Saturday, 23 nominations taken today for the Underwood Stakes 2011.
Headlining a bumper race card that includes many crucial lead-up races to the Melbourne Spring Carnival majors is the $350,000 Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m).
A race won 12 months ago by dual Cox Plate hero So You Think, the 2011 Underwood Stakes is sure to play a key role in the betting markets for the upcoming features including the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 22 and the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday November 1, 2011.
Early 2011 Melbourne Cup betting favourite at Luxbet is the Danny O’Brien-trained Shamrocker at a quote of $11, the dual Classics winner one of the drawcard Underwood Stakes nominees.
After resuming with a first-up eighth behind King’s Rose in the Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 27, Shamrocker is likely to be well-supported in the Underwood Stakes odds this weekend as she steps up to the 1800 metres.
Other major Melbourne Cup 2011 contenders nominated for the Underwood this weekend include:
- Scarlett Lady ($14): Graeme Rogerson’s Kiwi sensation kicking off her spring campaign down under after winning the Doomben Roses – Queensland Oaks double in Brisbane last season
- Lion Tamer ($15): Last year’s Victoria Derby winner is back in Victoria seeking more success this season, resumed with a brave fourth to Mufhasa in the Group 1 Challenge Stakes (1400m) at home in New Zealand
- Maluckyday ($15): Runner-up to Americain in the Melbourne Cup last year, Zabeel five-year-old failed to hit form since and comes off a first-up eighth behind Trusting in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on September 3
- Absolutely ($18): Michael Kent’s Redoute’s Choice mare won the AJC Oaks as a three-year-old during the autumn, has had two runs this season including last Saturday’s sixth in the Memsie Stakes, will improve over more distance
- Lights Of Heaven ($18): One time Caulfield Cup favourite, Peter Moody’s Group 1 winner at Morphettville is out to bounce back having suffered her first two career defeats back-to-back this season when second to Whobegotyou in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 13 and then fifth in the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) to the since-retired Littorio at Flemington on September 3
- Glass Harmonium ($21): Michael Moroney’s ultra-consistent European import is yet to finish out of the placings since debuting down under in the winter, ran an eye-catching second in the Makybe Diva in their new-season debut
Every Underwood Stakes nominee this year is a noteworthy one with other key contenders including Mick Price’s close Memsie Stakes runner-up Heart Of Dreams, gun WA galloper Playing God and Robert Hickmott-trained quartet of Alandi, At First Sight, Midas Touch and former Melbourne Cup winner Efficient.
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2011 Underwood Stakes Nominations & Weights
|1||ALANDI (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||12||59kg||109|
|2||AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||14||59kg||105|
|3||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||1||59kg||119|
|4||GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)||Michael Moroney||15||59kg||110|
|5||HEART OF DREAMS||Mick Price||4||59kg||115|
|6||MALUCKYDAY (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||6||59kg||108|
|7||MASTER O’REILLY (NZ)||Judy Mawer||2||59kg||103|
|8||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott||7||59kg||111|
|9||MY BENTLEY (NZ)||Michael Kent||22||59kg||99|
|10||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||11||59kg||109|
|11||TRUSTING||John P Thompson||13||59kg||110|
|12||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||5||59kg||109|
|13||LION TAMER (NZ)||Murray Baker||9||58kg||110|
|14||PLAYING GOD||Neville Parnham||10||58kg||110|
|15||RIGHT OF REFUSAL||Nigel Blackiston||21||58kg||89|
|16||SIERRA NEVADA (NZ)||Richard Otto||23||58kg||75|
|17||EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||19||57kg||99|
|19||BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||8||56kg||105|
|20||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||18||56kg||105|
|21||SCARLETT LADY (NZ)||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson||16||56kg||104|
|22||SHAMROCKER (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||3||56kg||112|
|23||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||20||56kg||92|