Underwood Stakes News

Record-breaking Melbourne horseman Darren Weir will take on Winx with his flying Perth expat Black Heart Bart after the galloper’s Underwood Stakes 2016 win for the punters over the weekend. Saluting in elite level company for the third time, Blackfriars six-year-old Black Heart Bart has set up a scintillating showdown…


Underwood Stakes

The Underwood Stakes is held in September and marks the third Group 1 race of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. As the first major race of the season, the event attracts some of the best middle distance horses from around the country.

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

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The 1,800 metre race is held at Caulfield racecourse on the same day that the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) is held at Randwick Racecourse. The Underwood Stakes is a weight-for-age championship race for horses aged 3 years old and up with $400,000 in prize money on offer. It is the feature race on the day, but also shares the race program with Group 3 events the Naturalism Stakes (2000m) and the How Now Stakes (1200m).

Underwood Stakes Day also hosts the much anticipated Fashionista Ladies Day, which displays some of the best new racing wear designs available for the season.

The Underwood Stakes is a good lead up race to this event as well as the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate. Due to the odd length of 1800 metres, the Underwood Stakes is used by many trainers as a step up for horses to advance from the 1600 metre mark to longer 2000 metre races.

If you would like to see more background information on group 1 races please go to Ladbrokes.com.au

In 2006, Underwood Stakes winner El Segundo went on to win the 2007 Cox Plate and Elvstroem (2004) and Mummify (2003) used the Underwood Stakes as a practice race before they both also went on to win the Caulfield Cup.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Cox Plate

(2,040m)

Moonee Valley

$3,000,000

3YO WFA

Group 1

Manikato Stakes

(1,200m)

Moonee Valley

$1,000,000

Open WFA

Group 1

Victoria Derby

(2,500m)

Flemington

$1,500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Cox Plate

(2,040m)

Moonee Valley

$3,000,000

3YO WFA

Group 1

Crown Oaks

(2,500m)

Flemington

$1,000,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Mackinnon Stakes

(2,000m)

Flemington

$1,000,000

WFA

Group 1

Emirates Stakes

(1,600m)

Flemington

$1,000,000

Qlty

Group 1

Melbourne Cup 2014

(3200m)

Flemington

$6,000,000

3YO QH

Underwood Stakes History

First held in 1924 at the Werribee Racing Club racecourse, the Underwood Stakes was an 8 furlong (approx. 1600m) race which was changed to 7 furlongs for 1943.

After 1948 when the race was transferred to Caulfield racecourse, the 8 furlong race length was increased to 9 furlongs (approx. 1800m). This was until 1954 when it was once again increased by another furlong.

Eventually in 1994 the race became a definite 1800 metre race. Up until 1979 the Underwood Stakes was a principal race which was run twice in 1944.

Betting on the Underwood Stakes gives punters the opportunity to wager on plenty of betting markets including future bets, simple win/place wagers and exotics such as a Quinella bet. Each bookmaker will offer slightly different odds so make sure you check out a few to get the best possible payout when you win!

Use the Underwood Stakes as a chance to prepare for the onslaught of top horse racing action that follows. That includes the Melbourne Cup. With odds, tips, and the Melbourne Cup form guide being released right around this time, it is the start of some of the best betting action to be had in Australian horse racing.