Underwood Stakes Horse Race
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The Underwood Stakes race is a Group 1 event. As such, it forms an important part of the horse racing calendar in Melbourne as well as for racing in Australia as a whole (more information about the top horse races in Caulfield, Melbourne).
Caulfield Racecourse hosts the event on Sunday, September 26th. We have all the information you need, from the race’s history to barrier stats and form indicators.
The Underwood Stakes was inaugurated way back in 1924. It was successful from the off, and gained Group 1 status in 1979 which it has retained to this day.
It is named after H.A. Underwood, chairman of the Williamstown Racing Club as it was in the past. These days the organisation is of course the Victoria Racing Club.
The Underwood Stakes was known at first as the Williamstown Stakes. It was staged at Williamstown until 1948 when it moved to Caulfield. It has been run over 1.600 and 2.000 metres in its time, but since 1994 has been staged at its current length of 1.800.
Some quality animals have taken this race in recent times. Here are the last ten winners of the Underwood Stakes:
- 2020 – Russian Camelot
- 2019 – Black Heart Bart
- 2018 – Homesman
- 2017 – Bonneval
- 2016 – Black Heart Bart
- 2015 – Mourinho
- 2014 – Foreteller
- 2013 – Dundeel
- 2012 – Ocean Park
- 2011 – Lion Tamer
One pattern that has opened up in the Underwood Stakes is winners coming to the race on the back of a strong prep, second time up for the season. The best prep is arguably the Memsie Stakes. In terms of the draw, middle numbers actually have the best record – see more below.
Improving horses are favoured too. Four-year-olds have the strongest record here, so they are the ones to keep onside.
Favourites do about as well as you’d expect. You shouldn’t avoid them in the Underwood Stakes, nor pin too many of your hopes on them as odds-wise there is a fair spread here among recent winners.
Barrier Draw Statistics
Many Underwood Stakes tips are reliant on the final field barrier draw. The barrier draw has an immense effect on the odds and on the field during the race. Each horse has a hard enough task without getting a bad draw.
Underwood Stakes Winners by Barrier
Here’s how each barrier has performed in terms of winners of the Underwood Stakes.
This is actually a pretty fair spread. A middle draw may be favoured; 21 of 37 winners (57%) coming from barriers 3-7.
How to Live Stream the 2021 Underwood Stakes
While other means may be available, the best way to stream the Underwood Stakes race is via your bookmaker.
Alongside their betting odds, many top firms offer quality live streams complete with commentary. Live Underwood Stakes betting is complemented by live streaming, but check your T&C’s first as you may be required to place a small bet in order to get involved.
Please note: due to the Interactive Gambling Act in Australia, any form of live betting cannot be conducted online.
The most important questions answered regarding the Underwood Stakes 2021.
When is the Underwood Stakes 2021?
The 2021 Underwood Stakes takes place at Caulfield Racecourse on Sunday, September 26th.
What is the prize money for the Underwood Stakes Race?
The total prize fund for the race stands at $750,000.
How long is the Underwood Stakes?
The Underwood Stakes is run over a distance of 1800 metres. That equates to roughly nine furlongs.