2022 Underwood Stakes Race Details

Race 7 at Sandown on Sunday 25th September 2022.

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.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races, and past winners on the Underwood Stakes page.

Underwood Stakes 2022 Preview

Track: Soft Weather: Clear

Six have accepted for Sunday’s Group 1 Underwood Stakes at Sandown.  The Annabel Neasham trained Zaaki holds favouritism in early betting from I’m Thunderstruck who stormed home to win the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington last start.  The Feehan winner Mr Brightside will have fans, as will Alligator Blood who can lead from his inside draw.

Underwood Stakes Runner by Runner

1. Zaaki (5)

Back to defend his title after winning this race last year.  More competition this time around but he returned well to win the Tramway at Randwick and is one of our best weight for age horses.  Top chance.

2. I’m Thunderstruck (6)

Super first up from the back in the Memsie at Caulfield.  No luck in a key stage in the Makybe Diva but still managed to reel in Alligator Blood who looked all over a winner with 100m to go.  First time out to this trip but there is no reason to doubt him running it.  Major player.

3. Alligator Blood (2)

Had no luck first up at Caulfield, then was nabbed right on the post by I’m Thunderstruck at Flemington – brilliant ride Tim Clark who comes down to ride again here.  Will make his own luck up on speed, just question whether he can hold off the challengers at 1800m?

4. Mr Brightside (4)

Just keeps improving.  Won the Group 1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick in April.  Returned to win the PB Lawrence at Caulfield, then bolted in last start at Moonee Valley in the Feehan.   This is tougher but he draws well and is a better horse than the last time he raced under Group 1 weight for age conditions.

5. Mo’unga (3)

Hugh Bowman comes down from Sydney to ride.  Improved second up to finish third in the Makybe Diva but was still over three lengths from the winner.  Not sure how well he is going.  Consider for multiples.

6. Nonconformist (1)

Disappointed second up after an encouraging first up effort in the Memsie.  Need to see him again before recommending.

Underwood Stakes 2022 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this year’s race.

Lewis’ Tips Jo’s Tips
2. I’m Thunderstruck 3. Alligator Blood
1. Zaaki 2. I’m Thunderstruck
4. Mr Brightside 1. Zaaki
3. Alligator Blood 4. Mr Brightside

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 Moir Stakes 2022 (Moonee Valley 1000m)  – Friday

Group 2 Stutt Stakes 2022 (Moonee Valley 1600m)  – Friday

Group 2 WH Stocks Stakes 2022 (Moonee Valley 1600m)  – Friday

Group 3 JRA Cup 2022 (Moonee Valley 2040m)  – Friday

Group 3 Scarborough Stakes 2022 (Moonee Valley 1200m)  – Friday

Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes 2022 (Rosehill 1400m)

Group 2 Golden Pendant 2022 (Rosehill 1400m)

Group 2 Shannon Stakes 2022 (Rosehill 1500m)

Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality 2022 (Rosehill 2400m)

Listed Heritage Stakes 2022 (Rosehill 1100m)

Listed R.M. Ansett Classic 2022 (Mornington 2400m)

Listed Weetwood Handicap 2022 (Toowoomba 1200m)

Listed Black Heart Bart Stakes 2022 (Belmont 1200m)

Group 3 Sandown Stakes 2022 (Sandown Hillside 1500m)  – Sunday

Listed Jim Moloney Stakes 2022 (Sandown Hillside 1400m)  – Sunday

Listed Testa Rossa Stakes 2022 (Sandown Hillside 1200m)  – Sunday

2022 Underwood Stakes Final Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 3 Alligator Blood
2nd 5 Mo’unga 0.75 length
3rd 1 Zaaki 0.95 length
4th 2 I’m Thunderstruck 1.05 lengths

The track was rated as Good 4.

No scratchings.