Racing Tips - Underwood Stakes Day - Sandown - Jigs Best Bets

Jig dives into the race day preview for the Underwood Stakes day at Sandown where he dissects all the leading chances

September 24, 2021
September 24, 2021


SANDOWN - 25 September 2021


Jig dives into the race day preview for the BetU team this weekend where he dissects all the leading chances and ones we want to follow on Underwood Stakes day at Sandown on Saturday Sept 25th.


Jig has identified some standouts in the meeting along with some long priced horses he believes the markets have got wrong.



RACE 1, BM 90, 1000m.


Speedy affair the opener for the mares.. TWIST OF FURY loves the circuit and will roll forward here and want to lead. 


DIAMONDS IN THE SKY and the pacy Tassie mare  DEROCHE will also be keen to be a part of the early pace here so it should be solidly run...


ESTA LA ROCA, HOW WOMANTIC & BLESS HER will stalk the pace here and be strong late on.. 


Think BLESS HER (tongue tie on) looks well over the odds here at $11, with Damien Oliver in the saddle. She should get the desired tempo early in this and I envisage her running over the top of them late on at the big price! 






- #2 BLESS HER ew ($11)



- #4 ESTA LA ROCA ($2.4)




RACE 2, BM 78, 1400m 


SIRILEO MISS was explosive first up at this track and looks to have come back in very good nick! 


She 'should' get a lovely run from gate 4 as long as we don't get  "Willowed" (Craig Williams)


Craig... You're not Joao Moreira. Do the BetU fans a favor- Focus! #Onejob.




If the breaks do go her way, she will take a stack of holding out late, she's a talented mare! 


I've always had a lot of time for the impressive mare FOXY FRIDA ($10). 


She has trialled nicely and a lot better than it may read on paper against some quality G1 horses and I'd be surprised if she wasn't quite forward for this first up run considering they are kicking off at 1400m.


EMBOLISM is the knock out hope at big odds ($16)... He ran some crackers last prep and always looked like a horse that would come back a better 4YO in his 2nd campaign.....Big watch! 






- #12 SIRILEO MISS  ew ($3.6)



- #5 EMBOLISM ($16)



- FOXY FRIDA ($10)




RACE 3, 3YO C&G 1400m


Top race this with some very progressive 3YO's that will be looking at spring boarding deep into the spring off this run



LINA'S LEGEND ($2.6) has been heavily backed and couldn't of been more impressive at his two runs this time in.


He has been winning as he pleased in easier company, but  another dominant victory here would certainly throw him right into Caulfield Guineas contention??


The Leon McDonald trained, South Australian,  MANHATTAN TIMES has been very underestimated here at a big price ($13)... Since being gelded he has come back a different animal... 


He still does a lot wrong, but boy oh boy he's finale last start in Adelaide was explosive!



He ran some exceptional splits on the clock to back it up and if they burn along in front here, he will be descending on them hard late here and give LINA'S LEGEND a real race!



I think you can back both horses here... LINA'S LEGEND the win and MANHATTAN TIMES each way with most of your stake on the place MT.






- #6 MANHATTAN TIMES ew ($13)



- #3 LINA'S LEGEND ($2.6)




RACE 4, Jim Maloney Stakes, 1400m.


Hot race.. Very hard to go past the Thousand Guineas favorite here in ZOUZARELLA.  She's a beauty! 


She's hardly had things go her way either and I like that she has drawn wide here as she's a big striding girl who can hit a flat spot mid race before building strongly into her work and finishing off strongly.. 


She's the clear on top selection at the ($2.4) mark.


FORTUNATE KISS looks the overs in this at the ($10) quote.. She's a talented filly who finished off doggedly behind the smart LINA'S LEGEND last time. 


LITERARY MAGNATE is a smart filly that would of derived great benefit from her first up run. The winkers go on here and she can improve very sharply 2nd up in this! 


MAC 'N' CHEESE is a nice filly who ran well last time and better suited at this track...  Certainly a top 3-4 player..


DOUCEUR ($15) next best at a price, but she does mix her form and rely on a frantic tempo early to bounce off! 






- #2 ZOUZARELLA win ($2.4)










RACE 5, Sandown Stakes, 1500m.


Even race and not one that interests me... It's a bit of a trick race...


ELEPHANT ($2.7) brings the right credentials for this when going down narrowly to the G1 performed SUPER STORM. He's a deserved favorite.


HARBOR VIEWS ($6), WORSFOLD ($14)- (likes track) & CHERRY TORTONI ($3.6) are next best.






- #2 ELEPHANT win ($2.7)



- #3 HARBOR VIEWS ($6)



- #7 WORSFOLD ($14)



RACE 6, 1800m


PASS. Very open race with multiple chances.


 RACE 7, G1 Underwood Stakes 1800m.


Small field this year for the running of the Group 1, Underwood Stakes. 


ZAAKI is arguably the best WFA horse in the country and I highly doubt there will be any queries on that assumption after the running of this race Saturday afternoon..


He was brutal first up over 1400m, where he toyed with them and it's hard to see anything in this giving him too much of a fright..


He's poison odds at $1.30, but he should be winning this on his way to his main goal of the Cox Plate in a few weeks time, where he's well backed clear favorite .






- #2 ZAAKI*** - ($1.35)



- #5 PROBABEEL ($5)



- #4 SUPERSTORM ($11)





RACE 8, Testa Rossa Stakes, 1300m.


Very tough event with multiple chances and a host of well exposed horses returning..


Im leaning in the corner of the Ex- Hong Kong galloper MET SPECTRUM (formely known as Glorious Spectrum in HK)... 


He raced well at times against some very smart horses in Honky and he has trialled well in preparation for this first up effort..


The stable rarely leave too much in the tank/improvement with there stables runners and at $35 on fixed odds, he could shock them here and any market support late shouldnt be ignored..


IRONCLAD ($5.5) could improve sharply here after been slaughtered first up in Adelaide.....Key gear change here with D.Lane going on. 


He was Very very good last prep and (smart stable) certainly know which ones to bring across the border when ready!


HIGHTAIL ($10 - Smart stable) SO SI BON ($10) & GALAXY RAIDER ($21) are the other live chances at odds that could win without shocking and musts for wider Quaddie's.






- #12 MET SPECTRUM ew ($35)



- #3 IRONCLAD ($5.5)



- #8 HIGHTAIL ($10)




RACE 9- BM 84, 1800m.


PASS. Shocking race to finish off with....Take your pick!







SAND R2 no12 SIRILEO MISS ew ($3.6)


SAND R3 no6 MANHATTAN TIMES (Small each way @ $13 & Quin with #3 LINA'S LEGEND )


SAND R7 no2 ZAAKI*** win ($1.35)


SYD R8 no1 ANOMOE*** win ($2)

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