Underwood Stakes

The Underwood Stakes is held in Melbourne in late September as a key lead-up to the Caulfield Cup.

2021 Underwood Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Zaaki
  • 2nd: #5 Probabeel
  • 3rd: #4 Superstorm



The Underwood Stakes is a Group 1 race run during the renowned Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in late September or early October on the same Saturday as Sydney’s Golden Rose Stakes and the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne.

The feature event of Underwood Stakes Day, this 1800m race is run under weight-for-age conditions and is worth $1 million in prize money.

The Underwood traditionally takes place at Caulfield Racecourse, but in 2021 will ran at Ladbrokes Park Hillside (Sandown) bringing Group 1 racing to the Sandown track for the first time in 25 years.

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.

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

This season the Underwood Stakes 2021 took place on Saturday September 25th, 2021 and was won by the $1.18 favourite Zaaki. 

Underwood Stakes
Date: Saturday September 25th, 2021
Track: Caulfield Racecourse (Ladbrokes Park Hillside, Sandown in 2021)
Distance: 1800m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Inaugurated: 1924

2021 Underwood Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Zaaki
  • 2nd: #5 Probabeel
  • 3rd: #4 Superstorm

The Annabel Neasham-trained superstar Zaaki ($1.18F) kept the wins coming on way to his grand final in the $5 million Cox Plate scoring an easy second-up win over Probabeel (2nd) and Superstorm (3rd) in the 2021 Underwood Stakes results.

Click here to read more on the easy 2021 Underwood Stakes win by Cox Plate-bound Zaaki.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Craig Williams 3 59kg $1.18F
2 5 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Brett Prebble 2L 2 57kg $7.50
3 4 SUPERSTORM Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 3.75L 4 59kg $21
4 3 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 6.25L 5 59kg $26
5 1 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig John Allen 18.25L 1 59kg $31

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 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) and most recent Zaaki ($1.18 in 2021).

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

The season’s top Underwood Stakes 2021 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below as soon as released.

2021 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.

The official 2021 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 2021 final field features just five runners with Annabel Neasham’s Cox Plate favourite Zaaki the red hot favourite in gate three with Craig Williams to ride.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the 2021 Underwood Stakes field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x720872x00 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig John Allen 1 59kg 110
2 47x6D111x1 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Craig Williams 3 59kg 114
3 734x2606x3 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 5 59kg 107
4 2x90736x41 SUPERSTORM Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4 59kg 108
5 17x1102x15 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Brett Prebble 2 57kg 115

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Underwood Stakes Nominations

The 2021 Underwood Stakes nominations are released by Racing Victoria on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once announced.

The Underwood Stakes 2021 nominations have been extended until Tuesday morning after drawing a dozen early entries dominated by Annabel Neasham’s Cox Plate favourite and last start Tramway Stakes winner first-up Zaaki.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 212×8 BUTTER CHICKEN (NZ) M 4 Grahame Begg 78
2 313616x2x0 DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 103
3 035×528253 DR DRILL (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 99
4 1x111x12 ELEPHANT (NZ) G 5 Emma-Lee & David Browne
5 51132113×9 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 108
6 x720872x00 FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 7 Tom Dabernig 110
7 73x31x932x HOMESMAN (USA) G 8 Anthony & Sam Freedman 110
8 17x1102x15 PROBABEEL (NZ) M 5 Jamie Richards 115
9 6x794159x3 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 116
10 2x90736x41 SUPERSTORM G 5 Danny O’Brien 109
11 734x2606x3 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 6 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 107
12 47x6D111x1 ZAAKI (GB) G 7 Annabel Neasham 114

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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.

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

Underwood Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
 
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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