Sandown’s Underwood Stakes Day Meeting Review

Underwood Stakes Day Meeting Review

Date: 25/09/22

Track: Soft 5 but raced quicker than that.

Pattern: They were getting off the fence but what a great track. Nearly all horses had their chance.


Race 1: Bm70 – (1400m)

Tempo: Really slowed down through the middle stages.

Race Overview: Let’s not get away from the fact that this is a BM70 Mares race but there are some horses to take out of this.

Picarones ($6.5): Jamie Kah first time. The mid-race slow down helped her considering she was outside the leader and she had first access to the best part of the track. Won well here, probably got one more level in her but she’s not the horse to take out of this race.

Cap De Joie ($3.8): This is the horse. This was never her race. 1600m back to 1400m, drew a bad gate so was always going to be snagged back to last. Amazing sectionals. This is a Group horse. Can’t wait until they get her over more ground and can ride her closer.

Arktika ($7.5): Not a bad effort. I had a lot of time for her considering some of the times she ran early on. My expectations on her have dropped but can win races this time in. Right Camp.

Last Word: Cap De Joie is Group-class.

Race 2: Bm78 – (1400m)

Tempo: Went quick here early. No real let up.

Race Overview: First 2 home came from well back in the field. No margins here and should’ve ran better overall time than this considering the early speed. Need to pick the eyes out of this race.

Pascero ($5.5): Suited by the tempo of the race. Nice effort and 2/2 at the track. Have absolutely no confidence he will hold this rating. Against next start

Field Of Roses ($7): Gavin Bedggood camp is one to follow. This horse is going well. Think they can find a similar race in the coming weeks and it’s a chance. Getting deep into the campaign so doubt there is any improvement to come.

Sandy Prince ($5): Caught wide on hot tempo. Complete forgive but is this a horse to follow or does the fact he finished so close expose the race as a bad form line?

He’s The Real Deel ($26): My run of the race at big odds. Only 2nd up here and can win in similar grade next time.

Last Word: Need to pick the eyes out of this race but He’s the Real Deel and maybe Sandy Prince were the two to take out.


Race 3: Bm78 – (1800m)

Tempo: Strong tempo.

Race Overview: Good margins in this race. Strong early tempo and they got through the line ok.

Aesop ($3.7): Ran well on a really soft tempo last start. Appreciated the stronger tempo here. Good margins and can win next start.

Pounding ($6.5): Nice run. Camp flying. Good margin to 3rd. Get a jockey on it next start and it wins in this grade next start.

Groovy Kinda Love ($5): An enigma. Not a betting proposition for mine.

Last Word: How bad are the Lloyd Williams horses going? Robert Hickmott has trained 1 winner from his last 50.

Race 4: 3yo Hcp – (1400m)

Tempo: Tempo was soft. Best turn of foot won the race.

Race Overview: Nearly fell off my chair when they started talking Caulfield Guineas after the race. Nice enough horses but nowhere near that class.

Bank Maur ($4.4): Hard to fault what he has done this campaign. Nice turn off foot after having a cosy run. Is going to be a nice horse in time but talk of Caulfield Guineas is way off.

The Fortune Teller ($6): Tempo against here. Did enough. Keep him in this grade.

Elliptical ($3.5): Spat out by the market due to the map issues. Is a nice horse. Only 2nd up here. Need to look at lower-level stakes races in the Spring.

Angry Skies ($6): Very conservative ride. Never got to the best part of the track. Is a nice horse.

Last Word: Was a sprint home. I hope connections of these horses don’t aim too high.


Race 5: Open – (1700m)

Tempo: Was a bit all over the shop the tempo. Definite mid-race slow down.

Race Overview: Margins were ok. Times were ok but winner had absolutely no favours.

Regal Lion ($31): Unwanted in the betting but some win. Did start $5 in an ATC Derby only 2 starts ago. This was a win. Not sure where they go but he won’t be $31 next start.

Bermadez ($3.9): Geez Ollie didn’t have much of a day. When he went to push forward the tempo increased. Nice horse and will win a race over the Carnival but will have to aim at a Listed/G3 race.

Lucky Decision ($4.4): Crazy riding engagement. Forget

Glint Of Hope ($8): Has done enough in 2 runs. Next start? Maybe

Last Word: The SP worries me, but it was a good win by Regal Lion. I’ve got hope for him.


Race 6: Jim Moloney Stakes – (1400m)

Tempo: Strong tempo.

Race Overview: No margins here. Time was ok but not outstanding considering early tempo.

Waltz On By ($4.2): Entitled to get run down. Don’t think she is up to the Thousand Guineas but thought it was the run of the race.

Russian Conquest ($3.8): Kept finding the line after doing no work early.

Last Word: Doubt the Thousand Guineas winner was in this lot. If any of the good Sydney Fillies come down they just win the Thousand Guineas.


Race 7: Underwood Stakes – (1800m)

Tempo: Strong early. Mid-race slow down.

Race Overview: Had high hopes for Zaaki and I’m Thunderstruck as Cox Plate contenders leading into this… now I’m not sure. Was a race where every horse was at a different stage of their prep.

Alligator Blood ($8.5): What a training effort from the Waterhouse/Bott camp. He was the horse most primed to win. 3rd up and out to 1800m. This was his race. Will be a good bunny in the Cox Plate but doubt he is the winner.

Mo’Unga ($19): He is putting the slows on this race for me. We know what he is. It’s not like he has come back betting. Cosy run and this is as good as he goes. Just don’t know where they could place him to win this campaign.

Zaaki ($2.8): Hmmmm… 1400m-1800m? not ideal and also eyeballing a rock-hard fit Gai-Bott horse not ideal. He just isn’t getting back to his Doomben Cup figure from last year. I do think the Valley will suit him but this left me a little cold. Does he need J-Mac?

I’m Thunderstruck ($2.25): The best part of his run was his SP. Absolutely off the map in betting but I thought he was entitled to beat home Mo’unga. I’m thinking he’s not a 2000m horse and can’t see him winning the Cox Plate.

Mr Brightside ($8): Got shown up here. His figures leading in were ok without being great. Sprinting off slow tempos. The pressure told on him. They need to re-direct their campaign to the mile races over the Carnival.

Nonconformist ($61): Would’ve liked him to find the line a bit better. Can’t see what race he wins.

Last Word: More questions than answers. Doubt the Cox Plate winner was here… but was it in a later race?


Race 8: Sandown Stakes – (1500m)

Tempo: Early tempo didn’t give back markers much of a hope.

Race Overview: The first 5 home are all nice horses.

Gentleman Roy ($7.5): I Wish I Win form but the market didn’t want it. Racing pattern probably won it this race. So much time for this horse, can’t beat I Wish I Win in the Toorak but will run well.

Military Expert ($3.8): Flying. Follow.

Pinstriped ($3.6): Tempo against. Will need to sprint with I Wish I Win in the Toorak and won’t be able to do it.

Dragon Leap ($5): Every possible. Level below the first 3.

Last Word: There will be a lot of winners out of this race.


Race 9: Testa Rossa Stakes – (1300m)

Tempo: Strong tempo early.

Race Overview: It’s all about one horse.

I Wish I Win ($1.75): Never got room like it did at Caulfield. Is just an absolute superstar. Can’t see it getting beat in the Toorak and do they go to the Cox Plate?

Ayrton ($3.6): Went as well as he goes. The boom has come off him but he’s still a nice horse.

Last Word: In 6 months’ time we will be talking about I Wish I Win being in the top 2/3 horses in the country.

Horses to Follow:

· I Wish I Win: Superstar

· Military Expert: Another win around the corner.

· Regal Lion: I’m saying the $31 was wrong here. That was a good win.

· Cap De Joie: Group class mare.

Horses to Bin:

· Race 2 as a form line

· Mr Brightside: If it goes to the Cox Plate, they will completely bust this horse.



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