Underwood Stakes

The $750,000 Underwood Stakes is held in Melbourne in late September or early October as a key lead-up to the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup.

2024 Underwood Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



The Underwood Stakes is a Group 1 race run during the renowned Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in late September.

Recently held on a Sunday, in 2024 the Underwood Stakes takes place on the Saturday at Caulfield Racecourse.

The feature event of Underwood Stakes Day, this 1800m race is run under weight-for-age conditions and is currently worth $750,000 in stakes.

The Underwood was moved in 2021 to Ladbrokes Park Hillside (Sandown) bringing Group 1 racing to the Sandown track for the first time in 25 years.

Underwood Stakes Day returned to Caulfield Racecourse for the 2023 edition.

Key lead-up races to this event that Underwood Stakes runners may come via include the John F. Feehan 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 (now the John F Feehan) – 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.

In 2020 the Underwood Stakes winner Russian Camelot went on to run third in that year’s Cox Plate trifecta.

The 2021 Underwood Stakes form was franked with the winner Zaaki atoning for his Cox Plate scratching with a Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes victory that spring and success in the 2022 $5 million The All-Star Mile the following autumn.

Zaaki returned for a title defence in 2022 but only managed to run third behind all-the-way winner Alligator Blood, but he did go on to salute in the Mackinnon Stakes (run as the VRC Champions Stakes) again that November.

Alligator Blood went on to frank the 2022 Underwood Stakes form with a win in Flemington’s Group 1 Champions Mile that Melbourne Cup Carnival as well as the 2023 Futurity Stakes the next autumn.

Alligator Blood returned to go back-to-back in the 2023 Underwood Stakes becoming the race’s 13th multiple winner and the first to do so on successive years since Northerly (2001-02).

The 2023 Underwood Stakes form was franked with Alligator Blood going on to win the Group 1 Might And Power (2000m) next start before third place finishes in that year’s Cox Plate trifecta and Champions Mile.

The form also held with the sixth place-getter in the Underwood Stakes results, the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Without A Fight going on to claim the 2023 Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double.

This season the Underwood Stakes 2024 takes place on Saturday , September 21, 2024 at Caulfield Racecourse as a lead-up to the spring cup races. 

Underwood Stakes
Date: Saturday , September 21, 2024
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $750,000
Inaugurated: 1924

2024 Underwood Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

2024 Underwood Stakes Betting

Horses that ran well in lead-up races like Moonee Valley’s Feehan 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 ones to salute for the punters since So You Think (2010) being Black Heart Bart (2016), Russian Camelot ($1.55 in 2020), Zaaki ($1.18 in 2021), and most recently Alligator Blood ($3.60) for his second in 2023.

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

The season’s top Underwood Stakes 2024 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below as soon as released.

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2024 Underwood Stakes Form

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2024 Underwood Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Underwood Stakes 2024 Tips on the popular spring showdown this season.

  • To Win: TBD

2024 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 (now known as the Feehan 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.

In 2023 the defending Underwood Stakes winner Alligator Blood won again on a quick back-up off a Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes second over the Flemington mile the weekend prior.

The official 2024 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.

2024 Underwood Stakes Nominations

The 2024 Underwood Stakes nominations are released by Racing Victoria on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once announced.

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), Weekend Hussler (2008), So You Think (2010), Russian Camelot (2020), and one of the race’s shortest-ever favourites Zaaki (2021).

Underwood Stakes results play a major role in form understanding for punters who follow the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

In 2023 the Underwood Stakes returned to Caulfield Racecourse with prize money reduced from $1 million to $750,000.

Alligator Blood (2022, 2023) is the latest two-time Underwood Stakes winner saluting for the first time at Sandown and then defending his title at Caulfield the following year.

Underwood Stakes results and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

Underwood Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
 
2024
Underwood Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
 
2023
Underwood Stakes
1st Alligator Blood 1 minute 48.53 seconds
2nd Tuvalu
3rd Duais
 
2022
Underwood Stakes
1st Alligator Blood 1 minute 48.98 seconds
2nd Mo’unga
3rd Zaaki
 
2021
Underwood Stakes
1st Zaaki 1 minute 49.20 seconds
2nd Probabeel
3rd Superstorm
 
2020
Underwood Stakes
1st Russian Camelot 1 minute 50.85 seconds
2nd Humidor
3rd Arcadia Queen
 
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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