Underwood Stakes 2021

Saturday September 25, 2021

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 traditionally 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 $1,000,000 in prize money as of 2021.

*In 2021 the Underwood Stakes took place at Ladbrokes Park Hillside, Sandown and not Caulfield and ran on a Saturday (not Sunday).

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, contested on the same day as 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 ran on a Saturday and was won by odds-on favourite Russian Camelot who went on to frank the form with a next-up Caulfield Stakes second and third in that year’s Cox Plate trifecta.

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

2021 Underwood Stakes Results

The official Underwood Stakes 2021 results and finishing order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 25, 2021 .

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

Zaaki ($1.18) was typically brilliant second-up extending his winning streak and easily accounting for the likes of Probabeel (2nd) and Superstorm (3rd) in the 2021 Underwood Stakes results ahead of the Cox Plate.

Underwood Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 25, 2021
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse (Ladbrokes Park Hillside, Sandown in 2021)
  • Distance: 1800m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • 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 and most recently Zaaki who won the Tramway Stakes first-up ahead of his win as the $1.18 favourite in the Underwood Stakes in 2021.

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!

Russian Camelot ($1.55 in 2020) followed by Zaaki ($1.18 in 2021) are the latest Underwood Stakes favourites to win.

2021 Underwood Stakes Odds

The spring’s best Underwood Stakes 2021 betting odds and links to our Group 1 Melbourne racing markets will be provided below once open so stay tuned for access to the top weekend odds and offers.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Underwood Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

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.

In 2021 European expat Zaaki won the Underwood Stakes as a lightly-raced seven-year-old.

Underwood Stakes tipping also favours horses drawn in a single digit barrier with only one of the winners from 2008- 2021 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). In 2021 the Kiwi-trained mare Probabeel was brave running second to the standout champion Zaaki.

2021 Underwood Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Underwood Stakes 2021 betting tips and Melbourne 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.

  • To Win: #2 Zaaki ($1.22 at time of publish) 

There’s no value in this year’s Underwood with the hot favourite Zaaki at short odds against just four brave rivals. He’s the Cox Plate top elect and was brilliant first-up winning the Tramway in dominant fashion. Will only improve off that and continue the winning streak.

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, before Zaaki scared off the bulk of the rivals with just five horses in the 2021 Underwood Stakes field.

The field for the Underwood Stakes race is released on the Wednesday before the race runs as the marquee of that weekend’s Melbourne race 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.

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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.

2021 Underwood Stakes Field

The official Underwood Stakes 2021 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.

Zaaki has scared off the majority of rivals and will face off against just four other runners in a small but class Underwood Stakes 2021 field.

2021 Underwood Stakes Nominations

The Underwood Stakes 2021 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.

The 2021 Underwood Stakes nominations drew a dozen early entries led by the Annabel Neasham-trained Zaaki who won the Group 2 Tramway Stakes first-up in Sydney.

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 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), Russian Camelot (2020) and Zaaki (2021) the only ones 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 three favourite in Underwood Stakes betting have saluted for the punters
  • From 2008-2021 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

2021 Underwood Stakes Form

A link to our detailed Underwood Stakes 2021 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 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), So You Think (2010), Russian Camelot (2020) and Zaaki (2021).

Underwood Stakes Winners

Year Winner Second Third Winning Time
2021 Zaaki Probabeel Superstorm 1:49.20
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