Underwood Stakes

The Underwood Stakes is held at Caulfield the Sunday after the AFL Grand Final on as a lead-up to the Caulfield Cup.

2019 Underwood Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Black Heart Bart
  • 2nd: #8 Homesman
  • 3rd: #2 Gailo Chop



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 following the AFL Grand Final held on the Saturday in a major weekend of sport. 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 2019 took place on Sunday September 29, 2019 and was won by 100/1 shot Black Heart Bart for the second time. 

Underwood Stakes
Date: Sunday September 29, 2019
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $750,000
Inaugurated: 1924

2019 Underwood Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Black Heart Bart
  • 2nd: #8 Homesman
  • 3rd: #2 Gailo Chop

It was a massive upset in the Underwood Stakes 2019 Results with the race’s 2016 champion returning to break a lengthy drought as Black Heart Bart scored a narrow win at $101 over the defending champ, beaten favourite Homesman ($2.50). Black Heart Bart is now eligible for the $1 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate Boost Bonus, but is not currently among the second acceptances for the $5 million classic at The Valley.

Read more on the shock 2019 Underwood Stakes win by Black Heart Bart.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 3 BLACK HEART BART Lindsey Smith Brad Rawiller 6 59kg $101
2 8 HOMESMAN (USA) Liam Howley Ben Melham 0.2L 12 59kg $2.50F
3 2 GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams Damien Oliver 1.7L 11 59kg $26
4 1 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1.8L 1 59kg $4.20
5 7 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Jamie Kah 2.3L 7 59kg $5.50
6 5 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 3.05L 10 59kg $71
7 6 TRAP FOR FOOLS Jarrod McLean Peter Hall 3.15L 2 59kg $61
8 10 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 3.55L 5 59kg $41
9 12 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 3.95L 3 58kg $9.50
10 4 HUMIDOR (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 4.35L 9 59kg $26
11 11 SUPER TITUS (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 7.1L 8 59kg $41
12 13 KENEDNA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 7.85L 4 57kg $19
9 YUCATAN (IRE) Liam Howley Michael Walker 0

2019 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). Black Heart Bart incredibly won the race again three years later as a $101 roughie in 2019.

The season’s top Underwood Stakes 2019 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below as soon as released.

2019 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 2019 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 Underwood Stakes 2019 Final Field features 13 gallopers including the Godolphin-raced Hartnell drawn the rails and set to peak fourth-up on the back of a close effort in the Makybe Diva Stakes. Drawn the opposite end of the field out in barrier 13 is the hot favourite Homesman who was impressive winning the Group 2 Feehan Stakes at The Valley by 2.5 lengths last start.

Read more on the 2019 Underwood Stakes Field & Odds led by Homesman. 

Update: The Liam Howley-trained Yucatan (11) has been withdrawn from the Underwood Stakes 2019 field leaving a dozen runners including stablemate and defending champion Homesman.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x53233x344 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1 59kg 116
2 0x112142x0 GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams Damien Oliver 12 59kg 114
3 x496870x80 BLACK HEART BART Lindsey Smith Brad Rawiller 6 59kg 106
4 x817333x00 HUMIDOR (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Kerrin McEvoy 9 59kg 115
5 69x4719x00 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 10 59kg 109
6 16x5233x90 TRAP FOR FOOLS Jarrod McLean Peter Hall 2 59kg 110
7 425×512251 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Jamie Kah 7 59kg 113
8 x16x2172x1 HOMESMAN (USA) Liam Howley Ben Melham 13 59kg 112
9 36013x10x0 YUCATAN (IRE) Liam Howley Michael Walker 11 59kg 108
10 2221x00x79 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 5 59kg 105
11 8414x0x318 SUPER TITUS (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 8 59kg 98
12 22470141×5 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 3 58kg 98
13 x931911x78 KENEDNA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 4 57kg 109

2019 Underwood Stakes Nominations

The 2019 Underwood Stakes nominations are released by Racing Victoria on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once announced.

The official Underwood Stakes 2019 Nominations attracted 20 weight-for-age hopefuls including the defending champion Homesman fresh off a lead-up win in the Feehan Stakes.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x53233x344 HARTNELL (GB) G 9 James Cummings 1 59kg 116
2 0x112142x0 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 9 Matthew Williams 2 59kg 114
3 x496870x80 BLACK HEART BART G 9 Lindsey Smith 3 59kg 106
4 x817333x00 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 4 59kg 115
5 69x4719x00 HARLEM (GB) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 5 59kg 109
6 x931911x78 KENEDNA M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 57kg 109
7 16x5233x90 TRAP FOR FOOLS G 6 Jarrod McLean 7 59kg 110
8 425×512251 GATTING G 6 Darren Mcauliffe 8 59kg 113
9 x16x2172x1 HOMESMAN (USA) G 6 Liam Howley 9 59kg 112
10 92251557×7 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 10 59kg 110
11 x43236Px58 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 11 59kg 105
12 5x14941x20 QAFILA M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 12 56kg 102
13 36013x10x0 YUCATAN (IRE) H 6 Liam Howley 13 59kg 108
14 027x90x744 VASSILATOR (NZ) G 4 Colin Little 14 58kg 95
15 0x34000x59 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 15 59kg 103
16 2221x00x79 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) H 5 Chris Waller 16 59kg 105
17 22470141×5 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 17 58kg 98
18 x42170x463 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 18 59kg 103
19 8414x0x318 SUPER TITUS (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 19 59kg 98
20 0532x147x2 MISS SISKA M 6 Grahame Begg 20 57kg 96

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

Year Place Horse Time
 
2019
Underwood Stakes
1st Black Heart Bart 1 minute 49.27 seconds
2nd Homesman
3rd Gailo Chop
 
2018
Underwood Stakes
1st Homesman 1 minute 48.70 seconds
2nd Tosen Basil
3rd Humidor
 
2017
Underwood Stakes
1st Bonneval 1 minute 48.41 seconds
2nd Hartnell
3rd Gailo Chop
 
2016
Underwood Stakes
1st Black Heart Bart 1 minute 50.64 seconds
2nd He Or She
3rd Lucia Valentina
 
2015
Underwood Stakes
1st Mourinho 1 minute 48.83 seconds
2nd Fawkner
3rd The Cleaner
 
2014
Underwood Stakes
1st Foreteller 1 minute 50.25 seconds
2nd Happy Trails
3rd Crackerjack King
 
2013
Underwood Stakes
1st It’s A Dundeel 1 minute 54.70 seconds
2nd Atlantic Jewel
3rd Dear Demi
 
2012
Underwood Stakes
1st Ocean Park 1 minute 51.40 seconds
2nd Voila Ici
3rd December Draw
 
2011
Underwood Stakes
1st Lion Tamer 1 minute 50.03 seconds
2nd Southern Speed
3rd Midas Touch
 
2010
Underwood Stakes
1st So You Think 1 minute 49.54 seconds
2nd Dariana
3rd Metal Bender
 
2009
Underwood Stakes
1st Heart Of Dreams 1 minute 49.5 seconds
2nd Whobegotyou
3rd Predatory Pricer
 
2008
Underwood Stakes
1st Weekend Hussler 1 minute 49.8 seconds
2nd Pompeii Ruler
3rd Littorio
 
2007
Underwood Stakes
1st Rubiscent 1 minute 49 seconds
2nd Miss Finland
3rd Marasco
 
2006
Underwood Stakes
1st El Segundo 1 minute 49.5 seconds
2nd Polar Bear
3rd Molotov
 
2005
Underwood Stakes
1st Perlin 1 minute 52.7 seconds
2nd Our Smoking Joe
3rd She’s Justa Tad
 
2004
Underwood Stakes
1st Elvstroem 1 minute 50 seconds
2nd She’s Archie
3rd Delzao
 
2003
Underwood Stakes
1st Mummify 1 minute 49.5 seconds
2nd Grey Song
3rd Aint Seen Nothing
 
2002
Underwood Stakes
1st Northerly 1 minute 48.9 seconds
2nd Magical Miss
3rd Don Eduardo
 
2001
Underwood Stakes
1st Northerly 1 minute 50.2 seconds
2nd Universal Prince
3rd Kaapstad Way
 
2000
Underwood Stakes
1st Oliver Twist 1 minute 47.6 seconds
2nd Shoozi Please
3rd Kaapstad Way

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