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Foreteller wins Underwood Stakes

Foreteller added a third Group 1 and booked a spot in the Cox Plate with his win in the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield.

The eight-year-old defied his age to hold off a concerted challenge from Happy Trails to claim the Underwood by a half head.

And, the Underwood provided Glen Boss with his 78th Group 1 win in Australia.
Justine Hales, stable foreperson for Chris Waller, described Foreteller as a “very honest horse who always tries”.

Hales said she was a little concerned during the run as Foreteller was closer than he usually is, but she marveled at his will to win

“He caught Happy Trails out of the side of his eye and he kept trying,” Hales said.

Asked about taking aim at a Cox Plate, Hales replied: “Definitely”

Boss said Foreteller has been a high quality horse for the past five seasons.

“He wins a Group 1 just about every prep, he’s an amazing horse,” Boss said.

“He’s a cool horse to be associated with. He has a good vibe about him. For an eight-year-old he’s quite enthusiastic about what he does.

“He deserved that win today, he was quite good last start.”

Boss said Foreteller was a funny horse to ride as you have to keep the bit in his mouth as long as you possibly can.

“You are sneaking, sneaking, sneaking with him and then late you go full bore because if you go full bore at the top of the straight you are going to be weak late,” he said.

Michael Rodd said Happy Trails, runner-up in last year’s Cox Plate, is “obviously on track.”

“He ran great in this race last year and he’s done it again today,” Rodd said.

“I galloped him on Tuesday and thought we were a little behind the eight ball as he had a good blow, but it just shows he ran race a little on the tubby side and still race well.”

Foreteller, $6.50, scored by a half head from Happy Trails, backed from $16 to $10, with one length to Crackerjack King, $51, third.

Michael Walker said the performance of Crackerjack King was outstanding given he’s on the comeback trail from two tendon injuries.

“We’ve always been adamant that he would be ready to show something at his fourth run – he’s got beaten a length by two Group 1 horses and he’s still not there,” Walker said