Foreteller has stormed home to win the Group 1 Underwood Stakes at Caufield today.
Foreteller jumped well from the barriers and was settled by jockey Glen Boss in behind the early leaders before Crackerjack King surged to the front to take the lead and pick up the pace. In the final stages it was a battle between Foreteller and Happy Trails before Foreteller was able to just pull clear for a well deserved victory. Crackerjack King was impressive to keep in touch and grab third.
“Just nice to be part of this horse, I’ve only been on him twice but I’ve really enjoyed his charisma,” Boss said of Foreteller after the race.
“He put himself in a good spot today which is good from the barrier and he just kept creeping into the race.
“You’ve got to keep the bit up in his mouth as long as possible because you can nullify his sprint if you go too soon on him, so it just worked out great there.
“This is an important race here in the spring and an important race for me too, it’s been a long time in between drinks in Group 1’s.
“You’ve just got to admire this horse’s courage, he’s been here for a long time at this great level and he just keeps fronting up and doing his job.”
It was the second Group 1 win today for trainer Chris Waller, who only 15 minutes earlier took out the Group 1 George Main Stakes with Sacred Falls at Royal Randwick.
The 2014 Cox Plate has been confirmed as a major target for Foreteller this spring.
Underwood Stakes 2014 – Winner & Full Results
|1||2||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||–||2||59kg||$6.50|
|2||1||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Michael Rodd||0.1L||6||59kg||$10|
|3||5||CRACKERJACK KING (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||1.1L||5||59kg||$51|
|4||6||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||1.85L||1||59kg||$11|
|5||10||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||Damien Oliver||2.05L||3||57kg||$3.40F|
|6||3||SUPER COOL||Mark Kavanagh||Craig Newitt||2.35L||7||59kg||$26|
|7||9||STIPULATE (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||2.65L||10||59kg||$4|
|8||7||STAR ROLLING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Stephen Baster||3.05L||4||59kg||$9.50|
|9||4||THE OFFER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||3.15L||8||59kg||$13|
|10||8||THOUGHT WORTHY (USA)||Robert Hickmott||Chad Schofield||9.15L||9||59kg||$81|