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The Underwood Stakesis held at Caulfield on the same day as the NRL Grand Final takes place in Sydney on the first Sunday in October as a lead-up to the Caulfield Cup.
2017 Underwood Stakes Results
- 1st: #8 Bonneval
- 2nd: #1 Hartnell
- 3rd: #3 Gailo Chop
Underwood Stakes News
The Underwood Stakes is a Group 1 race run during the renowned Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in late September or early October on the Sunday of the NRL Grand Final (held in Sydney). The feature event of Underwood Stakes Day at Caulfield Racecourse, this 1800m race is run under weight-for-age conditions and is worth $750,000 in prize money.
Key lead-up races to this event that Underwood Stakes runners may come via include the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley, the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington a fortnight before and the Memsie Stakes (1400m) in August. So You Think (2010) was the last horse to complete the Memsie Stakes – Underwood Stakes double without a run in between. In 2017 the Kiwi-trained mare Bonneval completed the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes – Underwood Stakes double. All of these quality weight-for-age Group races may be used as preparation for the Underwood and then the more lucrative and prestigious races held later in the carnival.
The Underwood Stakes is the first weight-for-age race run over a distance greater than 1400m and provides horses with an excellent opportunity to step up their race distance in preparation for the 2000m and 2400m events to follow. This race is definitely worth keeping an eye on as it has been a solid guide to the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate in recent years.
This season the Underwood Stakes 2017 took place on Sunday 1 October , 2017.
|2017 Underwood Stakes|
|Date:||Sunday 1 October , 2017|
2017 Underwood Stakes Results
- 1st: #8 Bonneval
- 2nd: #1 Hartnell
- 3rd: #3 Gailo Chop
Check out the official Underwood Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order below, the Caulfield Cup-bound Kiwi mare Bonneval extending her winning streak with an upset one length win over Hartnell ($2.10), completing the Dato Tan Chin Nam – Underwood Stakes double. The Darren Weir-trained import Gailo Chop ($11) rounded out the trifecta in a close third.
|1||8||BONNEVAL (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Hugh Bowman||–||3||56kg||$4.40|
|2||1||HARTNELL (GB)||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||1L||7||59kg||$2.10F|
|3||3||GAILO CHOP (FR)||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||1.1L||1||59kg||$11|
|4||6||SINGLE GAZE||Nick Olive||Ms Kathy O’Hara||1.85L||4||57kg||$26|
|5||2||BLACK HEART BART||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||1.95L||8||59kg||$6|
|6||5||INFERENCE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||2.35L||5||58kg||$51|
|7||9||SAMOVARE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damian Lane||2.85L||6||56kg||$14|
|8||4||HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||7.35L||2||59kg||$51|
|–||7||ABBEY MARIE||Michael Kent||–||–||0||–||–|
2017 Underwood Stakes Betting
Horses that ran well in lead-up races like Moonee Valley’s Dato’ Tan Chin Nan Stakes and the Memsie Stakes dominate the Underwood Stakes betting markets each spring. Favourites at the top of the Underwood Stakes odds on race day however have a poor recent record with the only one to salute for the punters since So You Think (2010) being Black Heart Bart (2016).
The season’s top Underwood Stakes 2017 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below as soon as released.
2017 Underwood Stakes Field
Each season the Underwood Stakes field attracts a gun line-up of potential Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup horses coming off lead-up runs in races including the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes or Flemington’s Makybe Diva Stakes. In 2016 Black Heart Bart improved on a lead-up second in the Makybe Diva Stakes over the mile to win the Underwood Stakes, while Bonneval (2017) completed the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam – Underwood Stakes double.
The official 2017 Underwood Stakes field of final acceptances will be released on the Wednesday leading up to Underwood Stakes Day and listed in full below along with the Underwood Stakes barrier draw.
The 2017 Underwood Stakes Final Field has attracted only nine hopefuls led by the Godolphin-raced Hartnell and Darren Weir’s reigning champion Black Heart Bart chasing back-to-back wins in the race for the first time since Northerly (2001-02).
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||23x2822x12||HARTNELL (GB)||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||8||59kg||115|
|2||211x75x323||BLACK HEART BART||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||9||59kg||115|
|3||181x37x014||GAILO CHOP (FR)||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||1||59kg||110|
|4||10x8747x46||HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||2||59kg||106|
|5||33x5126x69||INFERENCE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||6||58kg||105|
|6||0312612×05||SINGLE GAZE||Nick Olive||Ms Kathy O’Hara||4||57kg||108|
|7||1x8400x725||ABBEY MARIE||Michael Kent||TBA||5||57kg||102|
|8||x5P31111x1||BONNEVAL (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Hugh Bowman||3||56kg||108|
|9||1231x2x212||SAMOVARE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damian Lane||7||56kg||90|
2017 Underwood Stakes Nominations
The 2017 Underwood Stakes nominations are released by Racing Victoria on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once announced.
In 2017 the Underwood Stakes early entries attracted 16 spring staying types including Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes winning mare Bonneval who heads towards the Caulfield Cup over the mile and a half on October 21.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1x8400x725||ABBEY MARIE||M||5||Michael Kent||102|
|2||0x0D71x000||AMRALAH (IRE)||H||8||Robert Hickmott||101|
|3||211x75x323||BLACK HEART BART||G||7||Darren Weir||115|
|4||x5P31111x1||BONNEVAL (NZ)||M||4||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||108|
|5||181x37x014||GAILO CHOP (FR)||G||7||Darren Weir||110|
|7||23x2822x12||HARTNELL (GB)||G||7||James Cummings||115|
|8||10x8747x46||HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||106|
|9||33x5126x69||INFERENCE||H||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||105|
|10||2894053443||JACQUINOT BAY||G||10||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||92|
|12||3×68321983||PETROLOGY||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||93|
|13||1231x2x212||SAMOVARE||M||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||90|
|14||0312612×05||SINGLE GAZE||M||5||Nick Olive||108|
|15||x4030x2283||SO SI BON||H||4||Robbie Laing||95|
|16||01121x5x76||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||H||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||106|
Underwood Stakes History
Whittier was the inaugural Underwood Stakes winner in 1924 and followed up this success claiming victory the next year as well. The event began as a principal race run over eight furlongs. For one year in 1943 the distance was decreased to seven furlongs, but went back to the original length the next year. That year, in 1944, there was two runnings of the race, with both Amana and Tea Cake seeing victory. In 1949 the length was increased to nine furlongs and then a few years later in 1954 another distance jump saw the event raced over 10 furlongs. With Australia’s adoption of the metric system, the race was converted to 2000m in 1972 and not long after in 1979 the event was elevated to Group 1 status. In 1994, the distance was cut to 1800m and has remained the same through until today.
The Underwood Stakes has had a number of elite horses claim victory including Phar Lap (1931), Rain Lover (1969), Bonecrusher (1986), Octagonal (1996), Tie The Knot (1998), Northerly (2001 & 2002) and Weekend Hussler (2008). Underwood Stakes results play a major role in form understanding for punters who follow the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Underwood Stakes results and winning times since 2000 are provided below.
Underwood Stakes Results
|1st||Bonneval||1 minute 48.41 seconds|
|1st||Black Heart Bart||1 minute 50.64 seconds|
|2nd||He Or She|
|1st||Mourinho||1 minute 48.83 seconds|
|1st||Foreteller||1 minute 50.25 seconds|
|1st||It’s A Dundeel||1 minute 54.70 seconds|
|1st||Ocean Park||1 minute 51.40 seconds|
|1st||Lion Tamer||1 minute 50.03 seconds|
|1st||So You Think||1 minute 49.54 seconds|
|1st||Heart Of Dreams||1 minute 49.5 seconds|
|1st||Weekend Hussler||1 minute 49.8 seconds|
|1st||Rubiscent||1 minute 49 seconds|
|1st||El Segundo||1 minute 49.5 seconds|
|1st||Perlin||1 minute 52.7 seconds|
|2nd||Our Smoking Joe|
|3rd||She’s Justa Tad|
|1st||Elvstroem||1 minute 50 seconds|
|1st||Mummify||1 minute 49.5 seconds|
|3rd||Aint Seen Nothing|
|1st||Northerly||1 minute 48.9 seconds|
|1st||Northerly||1 minute 50.2 seconds|
|1st||Oliver Twist||1 minute 47.6 seconds|