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The Underwood Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held annually each at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in September. The race is run over a distance of 1800 metres and worth $400,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Underwood Stakes was won by Black Heart Bart from He Or She with Lucia Valentina third.
The first weight-for-age middle distance event of the spring at Group 1 level in Melbourne, the the Underwood Stakes will be held alongside the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes for the 2015/2016 racing season.
The Underwood Stakes is run over an uncommon distance of 1800 metres and serves as a good race for those horses looking for longer than 1600 metres and also suits horses who will be stepping up to longer feature race distances around 2000m or 2400m in coming weeks.
Top class horses gallopers such as It's A Dundeel (2014), So You Think (2010), Weekend Hussler (2008), Elvstroem (2004), Northerly (2001-02), Octagonal (1996), Rubiton (1987) and Bonecrusher (1986) have all won the Underwood Stakes over the years and it is a good horse's race.
The Underwood Stakes is the first weight-for-age race of the spring in Melbourne that is longer than the metric mile and has proven to be a reasonable guide to the Caulfield Cup and WS Cox Plate in recent times.
Mourinho (2015) finished sixth in the Gr2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes over 1600m at Moonee Valley before finishing strongly to score a narrow victory in this event and recent Underwood Stakes winners include Foreteller (2015) and It's A Dundeel (2013).
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Atlantic Jewel (2nd in 2013) and Ocean Park (2012) won the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes at Caulfield at their next starts, with Ocean Park going on to win the WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley following that victory.
Southern Speed (2nd in 2011) ran second in the Caulfield Cup at her next start and Glass Harmonium (4th in 2011) managed to run second in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington before winning the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes on Derby Day at the same track.
So You Think (2010) went on to win his second successive WS Cox Plate after winning this race, while Heart Of Dreams (2009) won the the Caulfield Stakes. Whobegotyou (2nd in 2009) ran third in the Cox Plate behind So You Think and finished runner-up to Heart Of Dreams in the Caulfield Stakes.
Viewed (unp 2009) ran tenth in this race before going on to win the 2009 Caulfield Cup later that spring and Scenic Shot (unp 2009) also ran unplaced in this event before winning the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes on AAMI Victoria Derby day.
2016 Underwood Stakes result
1. $2.20 Black Heart Bart 59.0 Brad Rawiller
2. $12.00 He Or She 59.0 Craig Williams
3. $5.50 Lucia Valentina 57.0 Damien Oliver
4. $41.00 Jacquinot Bay 59.0 Damian Lane
5. $6.50 Awesome Rock 59.0 Stephen Baster
6. $21.00 The Cleaner 59.0 Steven Arnold
7. $71.00 Howard Be Thy Name 58.0 Mark Zahra
8. $12.00 Tarzino 58.0 Craig Newitt
9. $31.00 Prince Of Penzance 59.0 John Allen
10. $19.00 Tavago 58.0 Nicholas Hall
Margins: 2.5 len, 0.1 len Time: 1:50.64
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