Eleven of the Spring Carnival’s standout stayers will contest the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on Saturday; a race that is subsequently offering punters excellent value from a betting standpoint.
Black Heart Bart has not finished worse than second since transferring to the care of Darren Weir and subsequently remains a clear $2.70 favourite in 2016 Underwood Stakes betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
A former Perth galloper, Black Heart Bart was barely rated a chance in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) in his first start for Weir but produced a smart turn of foot to finish a close second.
Having returned to winning form in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m), the Blackfriars gelding again finished second in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) but managed to break through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m).
Returning to the paddock after placing a close second in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), Black Heart Bart charged home to win the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) first-up this time before placing second to stable mate Palentino in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) a fortnight ago.
Brad Rawiller retains the ride on the formed gelding in the Underwood Stakes, who will jump from the ideal barrier 7.
Lucia Valentina has drifted in 2016 Underwood Stakes betting markets, but remains sole occupant of the second line at $4 odds.
Lucia Valentina returned to racing this year for a credible fourth in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m), before mustering a career-best performance to take out the featured Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on Day 2 of The Championships.
Having resumed for fourth in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) on August 20th, the Savabeel mare will relish a step up to 1800m on Saturday and a race-low weighting of 57kgs.
Awesome Rock steamed home to win the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) last time out and is currently available at 2016 Underwood Stakes odds of $7.50.
Awesome Rock has returned to racing in career-best form this year, and was unlucky not to break through for a maiden win at the highest level when he finished first in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m), but lost on protest.
Clearly requiring a run when tenth in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) first-up this time, but the Fastnet Rock entire’s most recent run suggests he will be right in the finish of the Underwood Stakes 2016, and would not look out of place in the winner’s stall.
Our Ivanhowe is the only other runner currently available at 2016 Underwood Stakes odds of less-than $10.
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