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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
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 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.
|Date:||Sunday September 29, 2019|
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.
|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.
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|
|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
|1st||Black Heart Bart||1 minute 49.27 seconds|
|1st||Homesman||1 minute 48.70 seconds|
|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|