It’s A Dundeel has stunned the racing world by upsetting glamour mare Atlantic Jewel in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes(1800m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Atlantic Jewel jumped out of the barriers brilliantly and was taken to the lead by Michael Rodd who set a moderate tempo in the early stages of the race.
James McDonald took a risk by riding It’s A Dundeel close to the pace but it put the pressure on Atlantic Jewel and two became locked in a virtual match-race in the final stages, with It’s A Dundeel prevailing by a narrow margin to end the unbeaten streak of the Cox Plate favourite.
Trainer Murray Baker was quick to pay credit to the ride of McDonald and admitted that before the race he did not believe that It’s A Dundeel could beat Atlantic Jewel.
“There was no pace in the race, he went forward and took it to her and it was a great race,” Baker said after the race.
“It was a special race with two very good horses.
“He has thickened up and he is a quality horse.
“He was running the times and winning the races easily in Sydney and he went into the Memsie on a very short prep.
“We thought that he had improved vastly in the last three weeks but we did not think that we could beat Atlantic Jewel at 1800.”
It’s A Dundeel will head to the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) before contesting the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) and is set to meet Atlantic Jewel in both races.
2013 Underwood Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||11||IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ)||Murray Baker||James McDonald||–||12||58kg||$7.50|
|2||12||ATLANTIC JEWEL||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||0.1L||7||57kg||$1.60F|
|3||14||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||Brad Rawiller||0.85L||6||56kg||$71|
|4||5||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Dwayne Dunn||1.05L||4||59kg||$81|
|5||2||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter G Moody||Daniel Stackhouse||1.15L||3||59kg||$71|
|6||13||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||Steven Arnold||2.15L||8||57kg||$26|
|7||8||PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE)||Darren Weir||Glen Boss||3.65L||14||59kg||$9|
|8||3||MR MOET||Adam Durrant||Damien Oliver||3.75L||13||59kg||$26|
|9||1||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Brett Prebble||3.95L||10||59kg||$31|
|10||10||MY QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||4.05L||2||59kg||$101|
|11||9||WALDPARK (GER)||Anthony Freedman||Ben Melham||4.8L||9||59kg||$71|
|12||4||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||4.9L||11||59kg||$18|
|13||7||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||Craig Williams||5L||5||59kg||$19|
|14||6||ETHIOPIA||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||7.75L||1||59kg||$51|