Feature Race Preview - September 21

George Main Stakes (SR5) – Shoot Out returns to defend the crown he won in this race twelve months ago, but will have his work cut out getting past stablemate Hawkspur in this year’s renewal. The Queensland Derby winner showed that he is equally effective over shorter trips when destroying a decent field in the Chelmsford Stakes over a mile last time out and a repeat of that performance would make him very hard to beat over the same course and distance. Chris Waller not only saddles up Shoot Out and Hawkspur in the race, but also Oaks winner Royal Descent and Doncaster hero Sacred Falls. The former is getting out to a more suitable trip now after powering home to finish in the minor placings over shorter at her past two starts, while Sacred Falls returns to the scene of his greatest triumph following a good performance first up with 60.5kg two weeks ago. Peter Moody’s three year-old Dissident run a huge race to finish second in the Golden Rose last Saturday, is likely to roll forward from a good gate with just 50.5kg on his back and will be in it for a long way.
Selections: Hawkspur, Dissident, Sacred Falls, Royal Descent 

Underwood Stakes (MR9) – After being absent from the racetrack for 16 months, Atlantic Jewel is set to have her third starts in four weeks when she lines up in this 1800m event. She maintained her unbeaten record with an effortless win in the Group Two Stock Stakes at Moonee Valley last Saturday following a devastating victory over several of these rivals a fortnight earlier and looks very hard to beat. It’s A Dundeel finished fourth in the Memsie Stakes behind Mark Kavanagh’s wonder mare last time out but would almost certainly have finished closer if he got any luck in the straight. He is two from two second up and won his only previous start over this journey. Ethiopia has drawn well in barrier one and should get a good run on the speed following a strong first up effort in the Makybe Diva Stakes behind Foreteller and Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune. That pair will again run well but will be hoping that the pace is on throughout. Lloyd Williams highly regarded import Sea Moon can be forgiven for his poor showing in the Makybe Diva after slipping at the start and will be in the finish if he can reproduce his best form.
Selections: Atlantic Jewel, It’s A Dundeel, Ethiopia, Foreteller

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