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 $750,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Underwood Stakes was won by Homesman from Tosen Basil with Humidor third.
The first weight-for-age middle distance event of the spring at Group 1 level in Melbourne, the Underwood Stakes takes place alongside the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude for fillies and Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude for colts & geldings.
|Date:||Sunday 30th September 2018|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|2018 Underwood Stakes odds|
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.
Homesman (2018) ran second in the Gr2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes over 1600m at Moonee Valley before pulling out all stop to win for trainer Liam Howley.
Recent Underwood Stakes winners include Bonneval (2017) and Mourinho (2016).
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.
1. $5.00 Homesman 59.0 Ben Melham
2. $71.00 Tosen Basil 59.0 John Allen
3. $7.50 Humidor 59.0 Damian Lane
4. $5.00 Blair House 59.0 James McDonald
5. $7.00 Comin' Through 59.0 Michael Walker
6. $3.40 Grunt 58.0 Damien Oliver
7. $12.00 Black Heart Bart 59.0 Brad Rawiller
8. $26.00 Ambitious 59.0 Mark Zahra
9. $31.00 Bonneval 57.0 Regan Bayliss
Margins: 0.1 len, 0.5 len
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|2016||Black Heart Bart||He Or She||Lucia Valentina||1:50.6|
|2014||Foreteller||Happy Trails||Crackerjack King||1:50.2|
|2013||It's A Dundeel||Atlantic Jewel||Dear Demi||1:54.7|
|2012||Ocean Park||Voila Ici||December Draw||1:51.4|
|2011||Lion Tamer||Southern Speed||Midas Touch||1:50.0|
|2010||So You Think||Dariana||Metal Bender||1:49.5|
|2009||Heart Of Dreams||Whobegotyou||Predatory Pricer||1:49.5|
|2008||Weekend Hussler||Pompeii Ruler||Littorio||1:49.8|
|2006||El Segundo||Polar Bear||Molotov||1.49.5|
|2005||Perlin||Our Smoking Joe||Shes Justa Tad||1.52.7|
|2003||Mummify||Grey Song||Aint Seen Nothing||1.49.5|
|2002||Northerly||Magical Miss||Don Eduardo||1.48.9|
|2001||Northerly||Universal Prince||Kaapstad Way||1.50.2|
|2000||Oliver Twist||Skoozi Please||Kaapstad Way||1.47.6|
|1998||Tie The Knot||Jezabeel||Umrum||1.49.5|
|1997||Always Aloof||Istidaad||Marble Halls||1.49.6|
|1991||Dr. Grace||Sydeston||Shivas Revenge||2.06.3|
|1990||The Phantom||Royal Creation||Zabeel||2.01.5|
|1989||Almaarad||Apollo Run||The Phantom||2.01.9|
|1986||Bonecrusher||At Talaq||Black Knight||2.01.1|
|1985||Tristarc||Lacka Reason||King Delamere||2.02.7|
|1984||Bounty Hawk||King Delamere||Greatness||2.04.1|
|1983||Trissaro||Cossack Prince||Triumphal March||2.05.1|
|1982||Fearless Pride||Ross Of Kingston||Prince Majestic||2.00.6|
|1981||Sovereign Red||Just A Dash||Hyperno||2.02.3|