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Underwood Stakes 2023 Field & Betting Update: Alligator Blood Favourite

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Alligator Blood is back on the short turnaround this weekend and is favourite to return to winning form in the Group 1 $750,000 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield.

Alligator Blood | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos |

Alligator Blood is one of the best in Underwood Stakes 2023 betting on the short seven-day turnaround this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained seven-year-old presents fit third-up and ready to fire on Saturday having finished a brave second to the Ladbrokes Cox Plate-bound Mr Brightside in last weekend’s Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

Mr Brightside is the form horse of the season and that form is expected to franked in the Underwood Stakes 2023 by the Gator.

Alligator Blood won the Underwood Stakes last year when the showdown ran at Sandown-Hillside.

He is tipped to go back-to-back back up to 1800m and sits top of Underwood Stakes betting at $3.60 through Ladbrokes.

Damien Oliver continues associations with the favourite in gate eight with Alligator Blood looking a deserving and hard to beat favourite on the up and up.

Five of his rivals are also at single-figure Underwood Stakes odds including one-time favourite Without A Fight ($5.50) in gate 11.

The Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained import has the spring cups in his sights once more having run 13th for Simon & Ed Crisford as a raider in last year’s Melbourne Cup.

He has had two starts for his new stable with the galloper going back-to-back in Brisbane during the winter.

His latest start produced a nearly two length victory in the Group 2 $1.2 million The Q22 (2200m) back on June 10.

Without A Fight looked strong in a recent Cranbourne trial win and is not without support first-up over the 1800m.

Next best in betting is Lindsey Smith’s early market mover Tuvalu ($8.50 into $7) drawn wider out in gate 13 for jockey Jamie Kah.

The Kermadec six-year-old is third-up for the spring having run fourth fresh to Mr Brightside in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) before heading to The Valley when third under a length off Pinstriped in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m).

He was a half-length off Alligator Blood last Melbourne Cup Carnival when second in the Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m) which came on the back of his Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) win at Caulfield.

Tuvalu hasn’t been out over further than a mile in over two years, but at his only other 1800m run back in August of 2021 he carried 60.5kg to a 2.75 length win suggesting he can get the distance without a worry on the weekend.

Following closely at an equal quote of $7.50 each are the Chris Waller-trained Soulcombe and the Mitchell Freedman-trained Attrition drawn in barriers five and 15 respectively.

Frankel five-year-old Soulcombe has the confidence of a last start win heading into the Underwood having won the Listed Heatherlie Handicap (1700m) here first-up on September 2.

He carted 58.5kg that day, has international winning form up to 2787m and so should appreciate the extra distance here second-up at weight-for-age.

Attrition meanwhile was runner-up in the Feehan last time out with last year’s Group 1 Australian Guineas runner-up out over 1800m for the first time on Saturday.

Rounding out the hopes under $10 for the win at $9.50 is another from the Waller stable with the reigning Group 1 Rosehill Guineas winning Lindermann drawn well in gate three for jockey Hugh Bowman.

The 2023 Live Life Foundation Underwood Stakes is set to run as Caulfield Race 9 at 4:55pm (AEST) on Saturday’s 10-race card.

2023 Underwood Stakes Field & Barriers

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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