Alligator Blood Leads 2023 Underwood Stakes Field & Odds

September 20, 2023

Alligator Blood Leads 2023 Underwood Stakes Field & Odds

The talented Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Alligator Blood is favourite in 2023 Underwood Stakes betting at Caulfield this weekend to return to Group 1 winning form on the quick back-up.

Alligator Blood Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Alligator Blood on the quick back-up is one of the best in 2023 Underwood Stakes betting at Caulfield this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Last Saturday at Flemington the $6.4 million earner ran a brave second behind the form horse of the season when runner-up to Mr Brightside in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

He has been accepted for the short seven-day turnaround this weekend where he will jump favourite up in distance third-up and fit in the Group 1 $750,000 Underwood Stakes (1800m).

The seven-year-old son of All Too Hard chases his first win since the Futurity back in February and has won his only other 1800m test to date when claiming this race by three-quarters of a length over Mo’unga last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival at Sandown Hillside.

He won last year’s Underwood Stakes on the back of a Makybe Diva second and now looks to go back-to-back, albeit on different tracks, in Saturday’s Group 1 for the first time since Northerly (2001, 2002).

More recently the marvel Black Heart Bart won the Underwood twice but on non-successive years in 2016 and 2019.

Alligator Blood faces a capacity field of 15 rivals from a favourable barrier eight draw with Damien Oliver continuing associations.

The latest Underwood Stakes odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au have the Gator at $3.20 and firming with the main danger considered to be the returning Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained import Without A Fight ($4.80).

Mark Zahra has the first-up ride on the Melbourne Cup nominated stayer whose latest run had him winning the Group 2 $1.2 million The Q22 (2200m) at Eagle Farm on June 10.

That was his second win on the trot in Brisbane for the winter and just his third run down under following a 13th in last year’s Melbourne Cup results behind Gold Trip when still internationally trained by Simon Crisford.

He trialled well at Cranbourne earlier in the month ahead of his highly-anticipated return and is sure to build on whatever he does fresh over the 1800m in the Underwood.

A further two runners are also at single-figures to win the Caulfield feature with the Mitchell Freedman-trained Attrition ($8) drawn wide out in gate 15 and Lindsey Smith’s consistent performer Tuvalu ($8.50).

Ben Melham sticks aboard progressive four-year-old Churchill entire Attrition having ridden the horse for his two lead-ups this prep.

Fresh he was only two lengths fifth to Mr Brightside in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at this track before improving to finish just a nostril flare away second to Pinstriped in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) over the mile at Moonee Valley.

He was narrowly denied a Group 1 victory as a three-year-old in the autumn when second to Legarto at Flemington in the Australian Guineas and is looking to atone here in his first 1800m assignment.

Tuvalu meanwhile has drawn gate 13 for Ms Jamie Kah with the six-year-old son of Kermadec coming off the same two lead-ups when fourth in the Lawrence Stakes and third in the Feehan.

He is proven at the distance, was second to Alligator Blood last Melbourne Cup Carnival in the Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m), and he looks well-position to win his first race since the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) here last October.

The 2023 Underwood Stakes is set to run as Caulfield Race 9 at 4:55pm (AEST) on Saturday’s bumper 10-race card with full markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available by clicking here.

2023 Underwood Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 601x22460x VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Billy Egan 4 59kg 106
2 551x140x42 ALLIGATOR BLOOD Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Damien Oliver 8 59kg 116
3 52x5332x00 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Jamie Mott 17 59kg 111
4 70x18402x0 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Harry Coffey 6 59kg 106
5 x312x79x43 TUVALU Lindsey Smith Ms Jamie Kah 13 59kg 111
6 1177x884x6 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 14 59kg 108
7 616x69x00x ALENQUER (FR) Michael Moroney Declan Bates 10 59kg 113
8 311x20x11x WITHOUT A FIGHT (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 11 59kg 111
9 51111121×2 RIGHT YOU ARE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 2 59kg 106
10 41x1x682x1 SOULCOMBE (GB) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 5 59kg 106
11 52x131x8x0 DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ethan Brown 16 59kg 105
12 18x27410x8 BANK MAUR Richard Laming Jye McNeil 1 58kg 99
13 2x51210x04 LINDERMANN Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3 58kg 106
14 33x1152x52 ATTRITION Mitchell Freedman Ben Melham 15 58kg 103
15 6880x43x79 DUAIS Edward Cummings Craig Williams 7 57kg 112
16 612x7931x8 LUNAR FLARE Grahame Begg Michael Dee 12 57kg 107
17e x60847x725 ALASKAN GOD Daniel Morton 9 59kg 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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