Underwood Stakes 2020

Saturday September 26, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The John F Feehan Stakes is the best guide to the Underwood Stakes results

The Underwood Stakes is a weight-for-age race for staying types held at Caulfield Racecourse in late September or early October each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Held over 1800m under weight-for-age conditions the classic is open to horses aged three and over and is worth $750,000 in prize money.

First run in 1924 the opening two editions of the Underwood were both won by Whittier (1924 & 1925). Other notable Underwood Stakes winners over the years include Phar Lap (1931), triple champion Ajax (1938, 1939, 1940), Rain Lover (1969), Bonecrusher (1986), Jeune (1994), Octagonal (1996), Northerly (2001 & 2002), So You Think (2010) and It’s A Dundeel (2013). It has been run as a Group 1 major since 1979 and often attracts graduates of the Memsie Stakes.

The Underwood Stakes is the feature race at the meeting, previously contested on the Sunday after the AFL Grand Final, with Saturday racing in Sydney dominated by the Golden Rose Stakes at Rosehill and the Friday night also featuring Group 1 racing at Moonee Valley in the form of the Moir Stakes.

In 2020 the Underwood Stakes runs on the Saturday.

This year the Underwood Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday September 26, 2020 , the same day as Sydney’s Golden Rose Stakes, and was won by the odds-on favourite Russian Camelot. 

2020 Underwood Stakes Results

The official Underwood Stakes 2020 results and finishing order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 26, 2020 .

  • 1st: #10 Russian Camelot
  • 2nd: #2 Humidor
  • 3rd: #9 Arcadia Queen

Russian Camelot ($1.55F) dominated the Underwood Stakes 2020 results securing his spot at the top of Ladbrokes Cox Plate betting for next month. 

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver   8 56.5kg   $1.55F
2 2 HUMIDOR (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Williams 1.75L 3 59kg   $17
3 9 ARCADIA QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 2.25L 1 57kg   $5.50
4 1 GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 2.45L 4 59kg   $61
5 3 TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 3.7L 5 59kg   $101
6 8 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams John Allen 4.2L 6 59kg   $18
7 6 MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes Damian Lane 4.95L 9 59kg   $15
8 7 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Michael Dee 6.2L 2 59kg   $21
9 5 SO SI BON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 6.95L 7 59kg   $18
SCRATCHED 4 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Jason Maskiell   0      

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Underwood Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 26, 2020
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1800m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1924

Underwood Stakes Betting

Underwood Stakes betting markets really heat up the week of the race and are led by horses that ran top four in their final lead-up. Only two Underwood Stakes winner has finished worse than fourth in their previous run since 1997, the latest being Black Heart Bart (2019).

Plenty have won their lead-up race including Kiwi raider Ocean Park who took out the Group 1 Challenge Stakes back home and Bonneval (2017) who backed-up from a win in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) – now run as the Feehan Stakes. 

The Memsie Stakes meanwhile has produced a number or recent Underwood Stakes winners with the last to do the double being So You Think (2010). Black Heart Bart (2016) was the first favourite Underwood Stakes betting to salute for the punters since So You Think six years earlier. He also won again three years later in 2019 at $101!

In 2020 Russian Camelot ($1.55) became the latest Underwood Stakes favourite to win. 

2020 Underwood Stakes Odds

The spring’s best Underwood Stakes 2020 betting odds and links to our Group 1 Caulfield racing markets will be provided below once open so stay tuned for access to the top weekend odds and offers.


Underwood Stakes Tips

Underwood Stakes tips are usually headed by the top four-year-olds in the race as every Underwood winner from 2008 – 2013 won as a 4YO before Foreteller broke the streak winning as an eight-year-old in 2014.

Since then the older horses have prevailed with Mourinho (8yo in 2015) and Black Heart Bart (6yo in 2016), but Bonneval (4YO in 2017) returned the younger gallopers to winning form in 2017. The 2018 Underwood Stakes winner was European expat Homesman who saluted as a five-year-old.

Black Heart Bart won his second Underwood Stakes as a veteran nine-year-old in 2019, while the four-year-olds were back in winning form in 2020 with Russian Camelot. 

Underwood Stakes tipping also favours horses drawn in a single digit barrier with only one of the winners from 2008- 2020 saluting from a wide barrier. Any Kiwi-trained horses could also feature prominently in the Underwood tips as New Zealand horses have a strong record in the race with four wins since 2011 with Lion Tamer (2011), Ocean Park (2012), It’s A Dundeel (2013) and the mare Bonneval (2017).

2020 Underwood Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Underwood Stakes 2020 betting tips and Caulfield racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the horses to back and sack in the Caulfield Cup lead-up race.

  • Best Roughie: #2 Humidor ($14 at time of publish) 

No doubt odds-on favourite Russian Camelot will take the power of beating, but for a top three run at odds the now Chris Waller-trained Humidor looks overs. In an incredible training effort, Waller got the eight-year-old to salute first-up for the first time in winning the Group 2 Feehan Stakes last time out. The dual Cox Plate placegetter looked evergreen in doing so and think up to 1800m second-up with the zest for racing still present, he can surprise a few in a small field from a good gate (3) with a great hoop (C. Williams). 

Underwood Stakes Field

The Underwood Stakes field traditionally attracts 10 or more starters including a full 16 in 2004 when Elvstroem saluted as a four-year-old, but in 2017 ran under that with just eight starters. The following spring the 2018 Underwood Stakes field also drew a small line-up of only nine hopefuls.

The field for the Underwood Stakes race is released on the Wednesday before the race runs on the Sunday as the marquee of that weekend’s Caulfield meeting and features the season’s top weight-for-age hopes, many heading towards the Ladbrokes Cox Plate in a month’s time at Moonee Valley.

Underwood Stakes betting & tips - Ladbrokes.com.au

Black Heart Bart (2016) became the first favourite in Underwood Stakes betting to salute since 2010. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Horses traditionally come into the Underwood Stakes field via an earlier Melbourne lead-up run in a race like the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) or the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) run at Moonee Valley and Flemington respectively.

2020 Underwood Stakes Field

The official Underwood Stakes 2020 Final Field & Barriers will be announced by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of race week and will be provided in full below so stay tuned to see what Caulfield Cup hopefuls line-up in the weight-for-age Group 1.

Ten horses will face-off in the 2020 Underwood Stakes field including Danny O’Brien’s odds-on favourite Russian Camelot taking his next step towards the $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate. 

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 37902x00x0 GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 5 59kg   105
2 5496x085x1 HUMIDOR (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Williams 3 59kg   109
3 33x9070x3x TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 6 59kg   106
4 211x8x58x0 LEVENDI Peter Gelagotis Jason Maskiell 4 59kg   104
5 644116×453 SO SI BON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 8 59kg   106
6 3002x902x2 MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes Damian Lane 10 59kg   107
7 50x38572x1 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Michael Dee 2 59kg   107
8 112x3314x3 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams John Allen 7 59kg   99
9 111x105x52 ARCADIA QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 1 57kg   110
10 12x411x2 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 9 56.5kg   108

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Underwood Stakes Nominations

The Underwood Stakes 2020 nominations are taken on the Monday of race week and usually feature staying types eyeing runs in upcoming classic spring races like the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate.

Eighteen class staying types make-up the 2020 Underwood Stakes nominations including all-in Caulfield Cup favourite Russian Camelot and his last-start conqueror in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes Fierce Impact

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 111x105x52 ARCADIA QUEEN M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 110
2 555112×235 DALASAN H 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 103
3 11x2348x31 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 114
4 34x51257x3 FINCHE (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 110
5 37902x00x0 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 10 Matthew Williams 105
6 112x3314x3 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 6 Matthew Williams 99
7 5496x085x1 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 109
8 6x32050x30 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 109
9 211x8x58x0 LEVENDI H 6 Peter Gelagotis 104
10 30x03643x7 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 108
11 465x0x9558 MONGOLIAN MARSHAL (NZ) G 6 Stuart Gower 88
12 3002x902x2 MR QUICKIE G 5 Phillip Stokes 107
13 331121×3 NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg 95
14 6x423115x0 QUICK THINKER H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 106
15 12x411x2 RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) H 4 Danny O’Brien 108
16 644116×453 SO SI BON G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 106
17 50x38572x1 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 107
18 33x9070x3x TRAP FOR FOOLS G 7 Lindsey Smith 106

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Underwood Stakes Form Guide

The Underwood Stakes form guide is a must view reference for punters with all the info from saddlecloth and barrier numbers to the horse’s lead-up form listed. Favourites in Underwood Stakes betting have a pretty poor recent record with Black Heart Bart (2016) the only one to salute since So You Think (2010), so the form guide can be a great way to uncover the value in the market by looking at proven weight-for-age types with winning form up to at least a mile.

Underwood Stakes Form Facts

  • Since 2010 only two favourite in Underwood Stakes betting have saluted for the punters
  • From 2008-2020 just one Underwood Stakes winner jumped from a double-digit barrier (It’s A Dundeel, 12 of 14, in 2013)
  • New Zealand-trained horses won the Underwood Stakes three times on the trot from 2011-13 and again in 2017
  • Tristarc way back in 1985 was the last Underwood Stakes winning mare before Bonneval (2017) broke the drought

2020 Underwood Stakes Form

A link to our detailed Underwood Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Underwood Stakes Results

The Underwood Stakes results list the exact finishing order of all the starters plus any horses scratched from the original final field. You can see where your selections finished after the event runs late on the Caulfield card on Underwood Stakes Day and also view the winning time and margin for any exotic bets.

Upset Underwood Stakes results have been common in the past decade including the 2015 win by Mourinho at odds of 16/1. Notable recent Underwood Stakes winners include Black Heart Bart (2016, 2019), It’s A Dundeel (2013) and So You Think (2010).

Underwood Stakes Winners

Year Winner Second Third Winning Time
2020 Russian Camelot Humidor Arcadia Queen 1:50.8
2019 Black Heart Bart Homesman Gailo Chop 1:49.2
2018 Homesman Tosen Basil Humidor 1:48.7
2017 Bonneval Hartnell Gailo Chop 1:48.4
2016 Black Heart Bart He Or She Lucia Valentina 1:50.6
2015 Mourinho Fawkner The Cleaner 1:48.8
2014 Foreteller Happy Trails Crackerjack King 1:50.2
2013 It’s A Dundeel Atlantic Jewel Dear Demi 1:54.7
2012 Ocean Park Voila Ici December Draw 1:51.4
2011 Lion Tamer Southern Speed Midas Touch 1:50.0
2010 So You Think Dariana Metal Bender 1:49.5
2009 Heart Of Dreams Whobegotyou Predatory Pricer 1:49.5
2008 Weekend Hussler Pompeii Ruler Littorio 1:49.8
2007 Rubiscent Miss Finland Marasco 1:49.0
2006 El Segundo Polar Bear Molotov 1.49.5
2005 Perlin Our Smoking Joe Shes Justa Tad 1.52.7
2004 Elvstroem Shes Archie Delzao 1.50.0
2003 Mummify Grey Song Aint Seen Nothing 1.49.5
2002 Northerly Magical Miss Don Eduardo 1.48.9
2001 Northerly Universal Prince Kaapstad Way 1.50.2