Underwood Stakes attracts star nominations

Without A Fight was a dominant winner of the Group 2 Q22 earlier this year and is set to resume in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes. (Photo: Darren Winningham)

Saturday’s Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) has attracted a star-studded set of nominations for the $750,000 event at Caulfield Racecourse.

Two former Melbourne Cup winners, seven Group 1 winners and plenty of fancies for some of the big spring features are amongst the nominations for the Group 1 feature.

Heading the nominations is last year’s Melbourne Cup victor, Gold Trip, who heads to Caulfield following an eye-catching return at Moonee Valley on September 9.

Joining him is 2019 Melbourne Cup champion Vow And Declare, who is set to return to the track for the first time this spring.

Without A Fight is another set to resume his racing career on Saturday, having not been seen since his dominant win in the Group 2 Q22 (2200m) at Eagle Farm on June 10.

All-in markets with online bookmakers have the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained runner as a +250 favourite.

Having finished second to Mr Brightside in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) last Saturday, Alligator Blood is a chance to back up in the Underwood Stakes, with a decision set to be made later in the week.

Other notable nominations include Attrition, Lindermann, Soulcombe and Duais.

The final field for the 2023 Underwood Stakes is set to be released at 11am on Wednesday morning.

Underwood Stakes 2023 nominations

# Horse Trainer
1 Alaskan God Daniel Morton
2 Alenquer Mike Moroney
3 Alligator Blood Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
4 Attrition Mitchell Freedman
5 Bank Maur Richard Laming
6 Deny Knowledge Michael Kent
7 Duais Edward Cummings
8 Duke De Sessa Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
9 El Bodegon Chris Waller
10 Forgot You Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
11 Gold Trip Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
12 Goldman Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
13 Lindermann Chris Waller
14 Lunar Flare Grahame Begg
15 Mo’unga Annabel Neasham
16 Nonconformist Grahame Begg
17 Pinstriped Enver Jusufovic
18 Pounding Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman
19 Right You Are Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
20 She’s Fit Daniel Morton
21 Smokin’ Romans Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
22 Soulcombe Chris Waller
23 Tuvalu Lindsey Smith
24 Virtuous Circle Liam Howley
25 Vow And Declare Danny O’Brien
26 Without A Fight Anthony & Sam Freedman

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