Underwood Stakes

  • Date: Saturday September 23, 2017
  • Racecourse: Caulfield
  • Race Distance: 1,800m
  • Conditions: Weight For Age
  • Prize Money: $500,000

2016 Underwood Stakes News

Tavago back in contention for Caulfield – Melbourne Cup campaign

Tavago back in contention for Caulfield – Melbourne Cup campaign

Last year’s Australian Derby winner Tavago is back in contention for a Caulfield – Melbourne Cup campaign during the 2017 Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Tavago, above, is being set for a Cups campaign during the 2017 Melbourne Spring Carnival. Photo by Steve Hart.

Cranbourne based co-trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young produced Tavago to win the …

The 2017 Underwood Stakes is a Group 1 race that is held on the first day of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival each year.

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Run over a stayer’s distance of 1,800 metres, the Underwood Stakes takes place at Caulfield Racecourse and is worth $500,000 in prize money.

Run under weight-for-age conditions, the Underwood Stakes is run annually in September on the same day as the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. The Underwood Stakes is open only to horses aged three years and older.

The Underwood Stakes is often used as a lead up race for horses that will be looking for longer distances of 2,000 metres or 2,400 metres during the rest of the spring carnival. The race is a reasonable guide for the upcoming Group 1 Caulfield Cup and the Group 1 Cox Plate. So You Think went on to win the Cox Plate after winning the Underwood Stakes in 2010, as did El Segundo (2006). Both Mummify (2003) and Elvstroem (2004) won the Underwood Stakes before claiming victory in the Caulfield Cup later that year.

The Underwood Stakes was first held in 1924 when it was won by Whittier. The race was first held at Werribee Racecourse before moving to its current home at Caulfield in 1948. The Underwood Stakes began as an eight furlong (1600m) race, with the distance changing five times until it was made an 1,800 metre race in 1994. The race was run twice in 1944 when it was won by both Tea Cake and Amana.

2017 Underwood Stakes Field

The 2017 Underwood Stakes field will be publicly announced on Wednesday, 21 September.

The 2017 Underwood Stakes field will be below.

2017 Underwood Stakes Nominations

The 2017 Underwood Stakes nominations will be made public on Monday, September 12.

The 2017 Underwood Stakes nominations will be below.

Underwood Stakes Winners & Results

Underwood Stakes has been won by some of the country’s most notorious horses throughout the years, including Heroic (1926), Phar Lap (1931), Ajax (1938-40), Royal Gem (1948), Lord (1958), Tobin Bronze (1966), Rain Lover (1969), Rubiton (1987), Octagonal (1996), Tie The Knot (1998), Northerly (2001-02) and Weekend Hussler (2008).

The Underwood Stakes has been won by some of the best horses Australia has to offer, and below you will find a list of recent winners since the year 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 Black Heart Bart 2 He Or She 3 Lucia Valentina 1:50.6
2015 1 Mourinho 2 Fawkner 3 The Cleaner 1:48.8
2014 1 Foreteller 2 Happy Trails 3 Crackerjack King 1:50.3
2013 1 It’s A Dundeel 2 Atlantic Jewel 3 Dear Demi 1:54.7
2012 1 Ocean Park 2 Voila Ici 3 December Draw 1:51.4
2011 1 Lion Tamer 2 Southern Speed 3 Midas Touch 1:50.03
2010 1 So You Think 2 Dariana 3 Metal Bender 1:49.5
2009 1 Heart Of Dreams 2 Whobegotyou 3 Predatory Pricer 1:49.5
2008 1 Weekend Hussler 2 Pompeii Ruler 3 Littorio 1:49.8
2007 1 Rubiscent 2 Miss Finland 3 Marasco 1:49.0
2006 1 El Segundo 2 Polar Bear 3 Molotov 1.49.5
2005 1 Perlin 2 Our Smoking Joe 3 Shes Justa Tad 1.52.7
2004 1 Elvstroem 2 Shes Archie 3 Delzao 1.50.0
2003 1 Mummify 2 Grey Song 3 Aint Seen Nothing 1.49.5
2002 1 Northerly 2 Magical Miss 3 Don Eduardo 1.48.9
2001 1 Northerly 2 Universal Prince 3 Kaapstad Way 1.50.2
2000 1 Oliver Twist 2 Skoozi Please 3 Kaapstad Way 1.47.6