The Underwood Stakes is an 1800 metre weight-for-age race for horses three-years-old and over run by the Melbourne Racing Club. It is held at Caulfield in mid-late September.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO & Up WFA
- Distance: 1,800 metres
- Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday 24 September 2016
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The Underwood Stakes was first held over 8 furlongs (about 1600 metres) in 1924 and was won by Whittier who returned to win again in 1925. Over the years it has had many changes in distance and venue and was even run twice in 1944. It was held at Williamstown Racecourse from 1924 to 1938 and then was shuffled between Caulfield, Flemington and Moonee Valley until it settled at Caulfield in 1948. It has been run over 7, 8, 9 and 10 furlongs and became an 1800 metre race in 1994. Prior to 2013 it was the first Group 1 race day of Melbourne spring racing.
Lead-up races are the Makybe Diva Stakes (previously Craiglee Stakes) over 1600 metres and the Memsie Stakes over 1400 metres. The unusual middle distance of 1800 metres gives horses an excellent opportunity to step up in distance from 1400 and 1600 metre races in preparation for the 2000 and 2400 metre races later in the carnival, and this race is a good early guide to the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate. The winner is exempt from ballot for the Caulfield Cup.
2016 Underwood Stakes Final Field & Odds:
Check below for all the latest Underwood Stakes odds plus final field.‘Odds not currently available’
2016 Underwood Stakes Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Overcast
Following the scratching of Our Ivanhowe, there is a field of 10 for the $500,000 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes. The early favourite is Black Heart Bart who won the Memsie then was 2nd in the Makybe Diva Stakes, but has not won beyond 1400m. Second favourite is Lucia Valentina who is the only mare in the race and won the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes second-up last campaign. Third favourite is Awesome Rock who looked very impressive winning the G2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes by 2 lengths last outing.
He Or She was 3rd in the Makybe Diva, but 1600m might be his limit, while Tarzino was 10th in that race but is better than that. Tavago won second-up last campaign but might need further. The Cleaner was 3rd in this race last year and hasn’t been too far from the winner in his 2 starts this campaign. The other 3 runners are currently at 30 to 1 or longer.
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The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|11 Lucia Valentina||11 Lucia Valentina||2 Black Heart Bart|
|6 Awesome Rock||2 Black Heart Bart||11 Lucia Valentina|
|2 Black Heart Bart||1 Prince Of Penzance||6 Awesome Rock|
|4 The Cleaner||6 Awesome Rock||1 Prince Of Penzance|
Previous winners of the Underwood Stakes:
This a race that quality horses win, as evidenced by over a dozen horses who have won the Underwood Stakes – Cox Plate double in the same year. The most recent was So You Think (2010), while Northerly who did it twice (2001 and 2002) although other horses have won in different years. Maldivian ran 4th in the Underwood in 2008 and went on to win the Cox Plate, while El Segundo won the Underwood in 2006 and the Cox Plate in 2007.
Underwood Stakes winners Jeune (1994) and Rain Lover (1969) both won the Melbourne Cup, while Elvstroem (2004), Mummify (2003), Northerly (2002), Tristarc (1985), How Now (1976), Sobar (1972) and Gay Icarus (1971) all won the Caulfield Cup. Other notable winners include Octagonal, Rubiton, Bonecrusher, So Called, Tobin Bronze, Lord, Ajax, Phar Lap and Heroic.
|2016||Black Heart Bart||He Or She||Lucia Valentina|
|2014||Foreteller||Happy Trails||Crackerjack King|
|2013||It’s A Dundeel||Atlantic Jewel||Dear Demi|
|2012||Ocean Park||Voila Ici||December Draw|
|2011||Lion Tamer||Southern Speed||Midas Touch|
|2010||So You Think||Dariana||Metal Bender|
|2009||Heart Of Dreams||Whobegotyou||Predatory Pricer|
|2008||Weekend Hussler||Pompeii Ruler||Littorio|
|2006||El Segundo (NZ)||Polar Bear (GB)||Molotov|
|2005||Perlin (NZ)||Our Smoking Joe||She’s Justa Tad (NZ)|
|2003||Mummify||Grey Song||Ain’t Seen Nothin’|
|2002||Northerly||Magical Miss||Don Eduardo (NZ)|
|2001||Notherly||Universal Prince||Kaapstad Way (NZ)|
|2000||Olver Twist||Skoozi Please (NZ)||Kaapstad Way (NZ)|