The Underwood Stakes 2016 is a Group 1 race run during the renowned Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in late September. The feature event of Underwood Stakes Day at Caulfield Racecourse, this 1800m race is run under weight-for-age conditions and is worth $500,000 in prize money. Early on in the carnival, before the running of the major features like the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup, there are a huge range of quality prep races held like the Underwood Stakes. The Underwood Stakes is open only to horses aged three years and older.
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. 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.
|2016 Underwood Stakes|
|Date:||Saturday 24 September 2016|
2016 Underwood Stakes Field
The 2016 Underwood Stakes field of final acceptances was released on Wednesday September 21 and features 11 weight-for-age hopefuls including three of the four nominees for Darren Weir. Underwood Stakes betting is led by Weir’s ultra-consistent Black Heart Bart despite his iffy form over the 1800m distance.
See the table below for the official Underwood Stakes 2016 Final Field & Barrier Draw complete with the latest Underwood Stakes odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au.
2016 Underwood Stakes Nominations
The 2016 Underwood Stakes nominations were released by Racing Victoria on Monday September 19 and feature 16 hopefuls including four nominees from trainer Darren Weir who has entered his reigning Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance, multiple Group 1 winning middle distance sprinter – miler Black Heart Bart, Spring Cups-bound Signoff and Howard Be Thy Name.
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||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|