Zaaki Dominates 2021 Underwood Stakes Field & Betting

September 22, 2021

Zaaki Dominates 2021 Underwood Stakes Field & Betting

Cox Plate favourite Zaaki has scared off all but the bravest of rivals with just five runners making-up the 2021 Underwood Stakes final field in Melbourne this weekend.

Zaaki. Photo: Steve Hart | Races.com.au

Zaaki is odds-on favourite to keep the wins coming in the 2021 Undewood Stakes this weekend in Melbourne. Photo: Steve Hart.

Headlining the racing action at Sandown on Saturday, the Group 1 $1 million Underwood Stakes (2000m) serves as the key next-up run for Cox Plate-bound gallopers.

It is all-in Cox Plate favourite Zaaki dominating Underwood Stakes betting at a short $1.28 through Ladbrokes.com.au with the Annabel Neasham-trained seven-year-old looking to extend his winning streak.

He was outstanding in Brisbane over the winter including his seven-length win in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) and gets the chance to secure a second elite level success second-up on Saturday.

Fresh he put the writing on the wall for a big spring campaign with an all-too-easy first-up victory at Randwick in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m).

Zaaki now heads south looking to frank the Sydney form in his Melbourne race debut, the British expat tipped to do exactly that from barrier three with Craig Williams taking over from James McDonald in the saddle.

The danger occupying the second line of Underwood Stakes betting this year is the talented Jamie Richards-trained New Zealand mare Probabeel ($5).

Early money is coming for the five-year-old daughter of Savabeel, the three-time Group 1 winner looking to bounce back from her fifth last Saturday in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).

On the quick back-up she is fit and firing having previously won the Group 3 Cockram Stakes with 60kg before going down only a length in a brave run behind Sierra Sue at Caulfield.

Along with Zaaki the other last start winner in the small but classy Underwood Stakes field is the now Danny O’Brien-trained Superstorm, the five-year-old third-up here off two nice lead-up runs.

Two back he was fourth to Sierra Sue only one and a half lengths off the subsequent Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winning mare in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) before his Moonee Valley win in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) on September 4.

Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman’s eye-catching Feehan Stakes third placegetter The Chosen One ($18) and the rails-drawn Fifty Stars chasing his first win since the 2020 Australian Cup round-out this year’s Underwood line-up.

The Underwood Stakes 2021 is set to run as Sandown Race 7 at 3:45pm (AEST) on Saturday and full markets on the weight-for-age clash courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au can be found here.

2021 Underwood Stakes Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x720872x00 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig John Allen 1 59kg 110
2 47x6D111x1 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Craig Williams 3 59kg 114
3 734x2606x3 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 5 59kg 107
4 2x90736x41 SUPERSTORM Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4 59kg 108
5 17x1102x15 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Brett Prebble 2 57kg 115

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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