Underwood Stakes 2017

Sunday October 1, 2017

Ladbrokes Tip: The Dato Tan Chin Nam 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, contested on the Sunday of the NRL Grand Final, with Saturday racing in Sydney dominated by Epsom Handicap Day and the Friday night also featuring Group 1 racing at Moonee Valley in the form of the Moir Stakes. The other elite level feature of Underwood Stakes Day is the Group 1 $500,000 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).

This year the Underwood Stakes 2017 ran on Sunday October 1, 2017 .

2017 Underwood Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Bonneval
  • 2nd: #1 Hartnell
  • 3rd: #3 Gailo Chop

Underwood Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Sunday October 1, 2017
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1800m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • First Run: 1924

Underwood Stakes Betting & Odds

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 one Underwood Stakes winner has finished worse than fourth in their previous run since 1997, and four since 2006 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). 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 last favourite in Underwood Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2017 Underwood Stakes Odds

The spring’s best Underwood Stakes 2017 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. Underwood Stakes tipping also favours horses drawn in a single digit barrier with only one of the winners from 2008- 2016 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).

2017 Underwood Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Underwood Stakes 2017 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.

  • 1st: #1 Hartnell ($2.05) – Can Hartnell atone for the Makybe Diva Stakes second as the beaten odds-on favourite? The speed was on that day, but will be slower in this giving him the chance to roll along and outstay the field. It’s a small and winnable race for the Godolphin champ who will relish the 1800m third-up, hitting peak as the riches of the majors call.
  • 2nd: #8 Bonneval ($4.80) – This mare is on a winning streak and she is another that will be even better than last time out getting over more metres. She is a dual Oaks winner from the autumn and was impressive winning the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at The Valley last time out. She obviously is up in grade for this and taking on some genuine turf stars, but think she’s good enough for a big WFA run again second-up with the Caulfield Cup on the radar.
  • 3rd: #7 Abbey Marie ($20) – This now five-year-old is at a roughies’ price and hasn’t won a race since the 2016 Schweppes Oaks, but there’s been excuses and set backs along the way. On a quick back-up after doing okay in the Naturalism Stakes (2000m) here last weekend. Comes back to 1800, which could actually be ideal, and has the Dato’ second form around Bonneval.

Underwood Stakes Field

The Underwood Stakes field has attracted 10 or more starters every year since 1999 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 field 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.

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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 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) or the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) run at Moonee Valley and Flemington respectively.

2017 Underwood Stakes Field

The official Underwood Stakes 2017 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.

The 2017 Underwood Stakes Field features a small but quality line-up of nine gallopers including last year’s champion Black Heart Bart who is drawn the outside alley (9 of 9) for his title defence. Trainer Darren Weir has also accepted for French raider Gailo Chop who gets the rails run from barrier one, while likely favourite is Hartnell out to improve on a lead-up second in the Makybe Diva Stakes over the Flemington mile.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 23x2822x12 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 8 59kg 115
2 211x75x323 BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 9 59kg 115
3 181x37x014 GAILO CHOP (FR) Darren Weir Mark Zahra 1 59kg 110
4 10x8747x46 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 2 59kg 106
5 33x5126x69 INFERENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 6 58kg 105
6 0312612×05 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 4 57kg 108
7 1x8400x725 ABBEY MARIE Michael Kent TBA 5 57kg 102
8 x5P31111x1 BONNEVAL (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Hugh Bowman 3 56kg 108
9 1231x2x212 SAMOVARE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 7 56kg 90

2017 Underwood Stakes Nominations

The Underwood Stakes 2017 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.

In 2017 the Underwood Stakes nominations drew 16 early entries led by the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes winner Bonneval who chases her sixth win on the trot. She is joined in the possible line-up by three other mares looking be the first female Underwood Stakes winner since Tristarc (1985).

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 1x8400x725 ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent 102
2 0x0D71x000 AMRALAH (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott 101
3 211x75x323 BLACK HEART BART G 7 Darren Weir 115
4 x5P31111x1 BONNEVAL (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 108
5 181x37x014 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 110
6 70x6713x71 HARDHAM H 4 David Brideoake 101
7 23x2822x12 HARTNELL (GB) G 7 James Cummings 115
8 10x8747x46 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106
9 33x5126x69 INFERENCE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 105
10 2894053443 JACQUINOT BAY G 10 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 92
11 00x0x770x0 MAGICOOL G 6 Tony Romeo 88
12 3×68321983 PETROLOGY G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 93
13 1231x2x212 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 90
14 0312612×05 SINGLE GAZE M 5 Nick Olive 108
15 x4030x2283 SO SI BON H 4 Robbie Laing 95
16 01121x5x76 VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106

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 one favourite in Underwood Stakes betting has saluted for the punters
  • From 2008-2017 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 2985 was the last Underwood Stakes winning mare before Bonneval (2017) broke the drought

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), It’s A Dundeel (2013) and So You Think (2010).

2017 Underwood Stakes Results

The official Underwood Stakes 2017 results and finishing order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Sunday October 1, 2017 .

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 8 BONNEVAL (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Hugh Bowman 3 56kg $4.40
2 1 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 1L 7 59kg $2.10F
3 3 GAILO CHOP (FR) Darren Weir Mark Zahra 1.1L 1 59kg $11
4 6 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 1.85L 4 57kg $26
5 2 BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 1.95L 8 59kg $6
6 5 INFERENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 2.35L 5 58kg $51
7 9 SAMOVARE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 2.85L 6 56kg $14
8 4 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 7.35L 2 59kg $51
7 ABBEY MARIE Michael Kent 0

Underwood Stakes Winners

Year Winner Second Third Winning Time
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