Lightly raced three year-old The Underworld (3g High Chaparral x Rune, by Star Way) showed the promise of better things to come when powering home to win the Listed WATC Belmont Guineas at just his fifth race start.
Trained by Chris Gangemi, The Underworld broke his maiden at his previous run when saluting over 1400 metres at the same venue, handling both a rise in class and distance to repeat the performance.
Ridden by William Pike, The Underworld settled midfield and then found the line strongly to win the 1600 metre feature by a long neck, his overall record two wins from five starts.
A $50,000 purchase for Bahen Bloodstock from the Windsor Park draft at the NZB Ready to Run Sale, The Underworld is one of four winners, but the first stakes-winner for Star Way (GB) mare Rune, a full sister to triple Group I winner Sky Chase.
The Underworld is the 27th stakes-winner for English Derby winner High Chaparral, who returns to Coolmore Australia this spring at a fee of $99,000.