Underwood Stakes Tips & Betting Advice

Underwood Stakes 2019

Date Sunday, September 29, 2019
Track Caulfield Racecourse
Distance 1800m
Class Group 1
Race Type Weight for Age
Prizemoney $750,000
Age 3YO and Upwards


Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Underwood Stakes betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key Underwood Stakes pointers are:

  • Favourites and those towards the head of the market dominate
  • Don’t be put off by a wide barrier draw
  • Four-year-olds have the best record of any age group


Australia’s leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Underwood Stakes (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge.

You can watch all Caulfield races including the Underwood Stakes streamed live online at:

Become a member of any of the four bookmakers and enjoy the coverage free. To find out how to stream the Underwood Stakes live, click on the dedicated link.


Bookmakers Ladbrokes, BetEasy, Sportsbet and bet365 are the best places to bet on the Underwood Stakes and all Caulfield races. They offer some of the best odds and promotions on the big race and also stream the race live online. Or take advantage of the top 5 bookmaker deals below.


Contested under standard weight for age conditions, the Underwood Stakes is open to horses that are aged three-years-old and upwards. The Group 1 feature sees horses that headed towards the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and/or Melbourne Cup later in the spring.

Whittier claimed the inaugural running in 1924 and quickly made it back-to-back victories in the event when returning the following year to contest the Principal Race.

Since 1979, when taken out by Valley Of Georgia, it has been a race with Group 1 status, although it has endured a number of distance changes – 1600m, 1400m, 1800m, 2000m and back to 1800m.

With $400,000 in prizemoney, the race attracts a number of top-line stayers that enter the event on the back of runs in races such as the Memsie Stakes and Makybe Diva Stakes or the PB Lawrence Stakes and Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes.

The latter option is the two lead-up runs used by 2015 winner Mourinho who won the PB Lawrence before finishing sixth in the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes. It was this stayer’s first win at Group 1 level and was also the first Group 1 for his trainer Peter Gelagotis.

One of the most thrilling finishes to an Underwood Stakes came in the 2013 edition when It’s A Dundeel defeated the previously unbeaten champion mare Atlantic Jewel by a short head.

Four-year-olds carry 58kg and five-year-olds and above carry 59kg in the event with mares receiving their usual 2kg allowance meaning that a four-year-old mare will carry 56kg in comparison to a five-year-old mare who would carry 57kg.

The Underwood Stakes has been won by a number of champion gallopers with the honour roll boasting a stack of household names.

Notable winners include Heroic (1926), Phar Lap (1931), Ajax (1938-40), Royal Gem (1948), Lord (1958 & 1960), Tobin Bronze (1966), Rain Lover (1969), Bonecrusher (1986), Almaarad (1989), Jeune (1994), Octagonal (1996), Tie The Knot (1998), Northerly (2001-02), Mummify (2003), Elvstroem (2004), El Segundo (2006), Weekend Hussler (2008), So You Think (2010), Ocean Park (2012), It’s A Dundeel (2013), Black Heart Bart (2016) and Bonneval (2017).

Underwood Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Oliver Twist
2001 Northerly
2002 Northerly
2003 Mummify
2004 Elvstroem
2005 Perlin
2006 El Segundo
2007 Rubiscent
2008 Weekend Hussler
2009 Heart Of Dreams
2010 So You Think
2011 Lion Tamer
2012 Ocean Park
2013 It’s A Dundeel
2014 Foreteller
2015 Mourinho
2016 Black Heart Bart
2017 Bonneval
2018 Homesman
2019 Black Heart Bart


A fair course that provides most runners an even chance when the rail is True position. When the rail is out shifted our 6 metres or more it favours on pace runners and leaders.

The track’s unique triangular shaped layout comprises of three straights and all turns have a 4% to 6% banking which places less strain on horse’s joints.


The first Caulfield Cup was run in the autumn of 1879, and was transferred to the spring in 1881. The track was closed during the war and was used as an army camp, with the Caulfield Cup being run at Flemington.

Renovations to the track and grandstand have made it one of the premier racecourses in Australia with top class facilities for the horses, club members and the public.

The racecourse is located approximately eight kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, on the boundary of Caulfield and Caulfield East in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs.