Russian Camelot Heads 2020 Underwood Stakes Nominations

September 22, 2020

Russian Camelot Heads 2020 Underwood Stakes Nominations

One-time Caulfield Cup favourite Russian Camelot is the standout early entry for the Underwood Stakes 2020 taking place as part of a bumper weekend of Group 1 racing action down under.

Russian Camelot Horse Form (Photo: Jenny Barnes) | Races.com.au

Russian Camelot is hot favourite to win the 2020 Underwood Stakes second-up at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

Following Friday night’s Moir Stakes meeting at The Valley, elite level racing heads to Caulfield with the running of the Group 1 $750,000 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes (1800m).

A key lead-up into the $5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) held back at the track on October 17, the Underwood Stakes nominations drew 18 early entries with a potential Spring Cups’ agenda.

Sitting top of the all-in Underwood Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying a short $2.50 for the win is SA Derby champ Russian Camelot for last year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer Danny O’Brien.

The four-year-old Camelot entire kicked off his campaign at Flemington on September 12 finishing just a neck back second in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) run over the mile.

The proven stayer is tipped to relish a step-up in distance second-up as he prepares to take on his last start conqueror with the Makybe Diva winner Fierce Impact also nominated for the Underwood this weekend.

Weekend Hustler (2008) was the last horse to complete the Makybe Diva – Underwood Stakes double in the same year, a feat the Matthew Smith-trained Deep Impact seven-year-old Fierce Impact is at $11 to do so this season.

The Japanese-bred entire was good second-up off the Group 1 Winx Stakes third in Sydney and has winning form up to 2000m making him a danger again in the Underwood at a nice price.

Following Russian Camelot in the all-in Underwood markets at $4.60 meanwhile is the back in form WA-based mare Arcadia Queen.

Winner of the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic over 2000m as a filly, the now five-year-old daughter of Pierro also races third-up this weekend looking for her first victory since September last year.

The Grant & Alana Williams-trained mare has been plagued by hoof issues, but looked the goods with a strong second from a wide barrier (12 of 13) behind Pretty Brazen in Flemington’s Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) on September 12.

The form from that race was franked with the upset winner Pretty Brazen going on to place third to goliath SA star Behemoth in Caulfield’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) last weekend.

The only other single-figure Underwood Stakes fancy in the pre-field markets is the Mr Quickie ($7.50).

Phillip Stokes’ Shamus Award five-year-old has a solid Caulfield strike-rate with one win and three seconds from six starts at the Melbourne track.

He comes off a second here from August 29 behind subsequent Sir Rupert champ Behemoth in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) and should eat-cup the extra metres fitter for the run this Saturday.

At longer odds chasing an upset are the likes of Fierce Impact’s Feehan Stakes third-placed stablemate Harbour Views ($10) and dual Cox Plate placegetter Humidor ($11), the latter now with star Sydney horseman Chris Waller.

Humidor, who was a regular rival to Waller’s four-time Cox Plate hero Winx, debuted for his new stable on September 5 in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) and produced a fairy-tale win as a $20 outsider.

Click here for the latest futures Underwood Stakes 2020 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Wednesday’s final acceptances.

2020 Underwood Stakes Nominations

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 37902x00x0 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 10 Matthew Williams 1 59kg 105
2 5496x085x1 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 2 59kg 109
3 11x2348x31 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 3 59kg 114
4 33x9070x3x TRAP FOR FOOLS G 7 Lindsey Smith 4 59kg 106
5 111x105x52 ARCADIA QUEEN M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 5 57kg 110
6 644116×453 SO SI BON G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 6 59kg 106
7 6x32050x30 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 7 59kg 109
8 3002x902x2 MR QUICKIE G 5 Phillip Stokes 8 59kg 107
9 555112×235 DALASAN H 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 9 58kg 103
10 34x51257x3 FINCHE (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 10 59kg 110
11 6x423115x0 QUICK THINKER H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 11 58kg 106
12 30x03643x7 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 12 59kg 108
13 50x38572x1 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 13 59kg 107
14 12x411x2 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) H 4 Danny O’Brien 14 56.5kg 108
15 112x3314x3 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 6 Matthew Williams 15 59kg 99
16 331121×3 NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg 16 58kg 95
17 465x0x9558 MONGOLIAN MARSHAL (NZ) G 6 Stuart Gower 17 59kg 88
18 211x8x58x0 LEVENDI H 6 Peter Gelagotis 18 59kg 104

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