Underwood Stakes Nominations

Underwood Stakes Nominations Zaaki racing at York Racecourse (PA Images)

2021 Underwood Stakes Nominations and Entries

The Group 1 Underwood Stakes nominations will close on Monday September 20. See which horses have been entered for the Sandown feature.

A total of 12 nominations have been received for the $1 million Underwood Stakes which will be run at Sandown Hillside this year.

Dominant Cox Plate favourite Zaaki has been entered for the Underwood Stakes which looks a natural stepping stone towards the weight-for-age championship event in October.

Trainer Annabel Neasham has the seven-year-old gelding firing on all cylinders after a brilliant victory in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m). Racing well short of his preferred distance, Zaaki was a comfortable 1.53-length winner over Aramayo and Star Of The Seas in his first up run.

Last prep, Zaaki won the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) by seven lengths and then captured the $1.2 million Sky Racing Q22 (2200m).

Defending Cox Plate champion Sir Dragonet has been nominated by trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.

Sir Dragonet won the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) during the autumn and was third in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at his first run back from a spell.

Other intriguing entrants for the race include Dawn Patrol, Elephant, Explosive Jack, Homesman, Probabeel, Superstorm and The Chosen One.

2021 Underwood Stakes Nominations

Horse Trainer
1 BUTTER CHICKEN (NZ) Grahame Begg
2 DAWN PATROL (IRE) Robert Hickmott
3 DR DRILL (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
4 ELEPHANT (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne
5 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
6 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig
7 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony & Sam Freedman
8 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards
9 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
10 SUPERSTORM Danny O’Brien
11 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
12 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham