Underwood Stakes 2018

Sunday October 1, 2018

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 2018 runs on Sunday October 1, 2018.

2018 Underwood Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Homesman
  • 2nd: #4 Tosen Basil
  • 3rd: #Humidor

Underwood Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Sunday October 1, 2018
  • 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.

2018 Underwood Stakes Odds

The spring’s best Underwood Stakes 2018 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).

2018 Underwood Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Underwood Stakes 2018 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.

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.

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

2018 Underwood Stakes Field

The official Underwood Stakes 2018 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.

2018 Underwood Stakes Nominations

The Underwood Stakes 2018 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.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 23529×4968 BLACK HEART BART G 8 Darren Weir 1 59kg 112
2 0x4184x817 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 2 59kg 116
3 x0x92834x6 AMBITIOUS (JPN) H 7 Anthony Freedman 3 59kg 109
4 242630×355 PRIZED ICON H 5 Kris Lees 4 59kg 104
5 x72x3x56x0 TOSEN BASIL (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 5 59kg 109
6 x312561x16 COMIN’ THROUGH G 5 Chris Waller 6 59kg 112
7 111x1160x9 BONNEVAL (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 7 57kg 112
8 112x332x70 POUNAMU G 7 Alan Mathews 8 59kg 108
9 7x28167x00 HARLEM (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 9 59kg 109
10 3x1111x581 GRUNT (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 10 58kg 113
11 11x0121x61 UNFORGOTTEN M 4 Chris Waller 11 56kg 108
12 x400521x53 EGG TART M 5 Chris Waller 12 57kg 107
13 x77326x976 SEABURGE H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 13 59kg 96
14 1x13714x32 D’ARGENTO H 4 Chris Waller 14 58kg 106
15 25041x8x79 THE TAJ MAHAL (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley 15 59kg 107
16 200x22110x BLAIR HOUSE (IRE) G 6 Charlie Appleby 16 59kg 112
17 336717×631 MURAAQEB H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 17 58kg 93
18 12153x16x2 HOMESMAN (USA) G 5 Liam Howley 18 59kg 105
19 11432x80x5 SULLY (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 19 58kg 95
20 x3620x4025 INVICTUS PRINCE (GB) G 6 Matthew Smith 20 59kg 98
21 7x5x8650x4 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 7 Liam Howley 21 59kg 101

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).

2018 Underwood Stakes Results

The official Underwood Stakes 2018 results and finishing order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Sunday October 1, 2018.

Underwood Stakes Winners

Year Winner Second Third Winning Time
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