2010 Underwood Stakes Nominations Feature Melbourne Cup Winner Shocking

September 14th, 2010

The first two Group 1 races of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival are set to light up the Caulfield track this Saturday, including the $350,000 Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m).

The 2010 Rokk Ebony Underwood Stakes has drawn 14 elite nominees headlined by a number of champion Group 1 winners.

Set to start at the top of the odds are the two stars from last spring, Melbourne Cup winner Shocking and Cox Plate victor So You Think.

The Mark Kavanagh-trained Shocking, early favourite to make it back-to-back success in the Melbourne Cup this year, won the Makybe Diva Stakes last start and will be hard to beat again on Saturday.

Last year’s Cox Plate winner So You Think is one of three horses from the stables of the legendary Bart Cummings nominated for the Underwood Stakes.

Cummings has also entered Queensland Derby winning mare Dariana and Moatize.

Other leading contenders among the Underwood Stakes nominations include Chris Waller’s Warwick Stakes winner Metal Bender, 2010 Caulfield Cup favourite Moudre and John O’Shea’s Zabeel gelding Zabrasive.

The other Group 1 feature at Caulfield on Saturday is the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) where in-form sprinter Doubtful Jack is sure to head the betting.

Four other Group status races are scheduled on the day including the Caulfield and Thousand Guineas Preludes where the season’s top three-year-olds will be on display.

The 2010 Underwood Stakes final field will be released on Thursday and published right here so bookmark this page for the list of horses and their form guides.

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2010 Rokk Ebony Underwood Stakes Nominations & Weights

No. Horse Trainer Ballot Weight (kg) Hcp. Rating
1 SHOCKING Mark Kavanagh 1 59 117
2 MASTER O’REILLY (NZ) Danny O’Brien 2 59 108
3 ZAVITE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 4 59 110
4 METAL BENDER (NZ) Chris Waller 5 59 116
5 HEART OF DREAMS Mick Price 6 59 114
6 RED RULER (NZ) John Sargent 7 59 107
7 BUCCELLATI (GB) Tony Noonan 8 59 109
8 LARGO LAD David Hayes 9 59 106
9 MOATIZE Bart Cummings 10 59 105
10 STERLING PRINCE (NZ) Wayne Hillis 13 59 102
11 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 14 59 100
12 SO YOU THINK (NZ) Bart Cummings 3 58 118
13 ZABRASIVE (NZ) John O’Shea 12 58 107
14 DARIANA Bart Cummings 11 56 106