Underwood Stakes

The 2016 Underwood Stakes will be held at Caulfield on Saturday September 24th.

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Awesome Rock to Gallop at Moonee Valley Ahead of Cox Plate 2016

Awesome Rock to Gallop at Moonee Valley Ahead of Cox Plate 2016

Talented entire Awesome Rock will been given another look at the Moonee Valley track before taking his place in Saturday’s featured 2016 Cox Plate (2040m).

Awesome Rock will gallop at Moonee Valley before taking his place in the 2016 Cox Plate field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Awesome Rock secured ballot-free entry into the Cox Plate 2016 with dominant performance for ...

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
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000
Inaugurated: 1924

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.

Check out the full 2016 Underwood Stakes nominations now.

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
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