2023 Underwood Stakes promises to be a memorable one

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Alligator Blood won the 2022 Underwood Stakes

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  • Caulfield hosts 99th staging of Underwood Stakes.
  • The race dates back to 1924, with the likes of Ajax, Northerly and Black Heart Bart having won the race previously.
  • Ran over 1800m at Caulfield, the Underwood Stakes carries an A$1 million purse.
  • Alligator Blood won the race in 2022 and tops the betting in 2023.

Big races are coming thick and fast within the Australian horse racing calendar in 2023, giving punters and betting sites something to get on board with. The Underwood Stakes at Caulfield is one of the staples of the early season and there are plenty of excellent horses assembled in the field.

Caulfield is often seen by many as the pre-cursor course to Flemington and the Melbourne Cup and there will be many punters and Aussie bookmakers that are fully invested in the happenings in the Underwood Stakes this weekend.

The winning alumnus of the race is hugely impressive, adding to the sense of gravitas the race enjoys and with a whole host of big-name horses in the mix in 2023, it should be another memorable battle.

Now into its 99th year as a professional race, the prestige of the Underwood Stakes speaks for itself and all of the biggest horses and jockeys in Australian racing are hoping to etch their name into folklore this weekend.

Alligator Blood ready to bite?

Winning the 2022 incarnation of this race proved to be a big stepping stone for Alligator Blood, who went on to win well at Randwick and Caulfield once more last summer.

In recent outings, it has come up short in the likes of the Memsie Stakes and the Makybe Diva Stakes, losing out to Mr Brightside on both occasions, in a result that hasn’t deterred the market movements with many Australian betting sites.

Favouritism for this race feels justified for Alligator Blood, who has plenty of experience over course and distance and should like the conditions at Caulfield too.

Currently, Alligator Blood is the favourite to go back-to-back in the Underwood Stakes at $3.40 with TopSport.

Without a fight, in a fight!

Picking up wins consistently can be the perfect antidote for any horse and Freedman trained Without A Fight is really starting to catch the eye with domestic and international betting sites alike.

Despite not necessarily having the credentials to keep up with the rest of the pack here, Without A Fight is a horse in serious form and nothing can replicate the feeling of winning regularly.

Wins at Cranbourne and Eagle Farm this season have really made many punters and bookmakers stand up and take note and Without A Fight is now mixing it with the big boys.

Things will have to go their way in this one but at $4.80 with PuntersPal it certainly cannot be discarded.

Attrition and Lindermann in the mix?

Longer odds horses have historically done very well in the Underwood Stakes and once again in 2023, there are plenty of longer odds horses that have strong claims with betting apps.

Lindermann is a seriously quick horse at this level, coming from serious stock within the Australian horse racing fraternity.

Inexperience could prove to be invaluable, with the 4-year-old hopefully not being spooked by the incredible atmosphere at Caulfield and its pace could be the differential over 1800m. At $9.00 with Bet365, Lindermann has very serious claims in this one. 

A similar story can be told of Attrition, a horse that has been quietly going about its business in recent weeks and one that looks to have a very strong future ahead of it.

This is obviously a move up in class and competition, but Attrition looks to take most challenges in its stride and certainly has the raw pace to trouble a few in this one.
Attrition has strong claims in the Underwood Stakes at $9.50 with GetSetBet.

The 2023 Australian horse racing season is really taking shape and the Underwood Stakes is a race that always creates lots of online betting traction at Caulfield.

Dating back to 1924, the race has a rich history in the Aussie racing calendar and there will be plenty of thrills and spills once again in 2023, as Alligator Blood looks to defend its crown.