Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2019 Underwood Stakes, which will take place on Sunday, September 29, at Caulfield Racecourse.
The Underwood Stakes is run over 1800 metres and attracts many of the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup hopefuls using the Group 1 as a lead-up race for the big prizes.
We provide you with Underwood Stakes tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live Underwood Stakes stream to watch the race unfold.
When trying to find the winner of the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield, keeping some important factors on your side can help you
Our experts assess all the Underwood Stakes runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2019 Underwood Stakes tips to help you back the winner.
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Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2019 Underwood Stakes tips and selections.
Leading bookmakers BetEasy and Sportsbet will be among those offering the earliest betting odds on the 2019 Underwood Stakes. There will be plenty of movements in the betting markets in the days leading up to the race following the release of the final field and barrier draw. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.
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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 Ladbrokes, BetEasy, Sportsbet or bet365. To find out how to stream the 2019 Underwood Stakes live, see our guide to watch the race.
The Underwood Stakes is a set weight for age race open to horses three-years-old and upwards and takes place at Caulfield during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.
The Group 1 event is run over 1800 metres, carries prizemoney of $400,000 and attracts many of the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup hopefuls.
The Cup contendes will have come from runs in the Memsie Stakes, Makybe Diva Stakes, PB Lawrence Stakes and the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes and use the Underwood Stakes as a lead-up race for the big prizes.
Horses also in line for a Cox Plate start have used the Underwood Stakes as a stepping stone to Moonee Valley. Horses targeting the big handicap Cups have also used the Underwood as a warm-up for a tilt at another lead-up race, namely the Turnbull Stakes run a week later in early October.
The Underwood Stakes is also recognised as the first weight-for-age race in the spring carnival longer than 1600m and gives those competing stayers a chance to fine tune their spring carnival itinerary.
The race has undergone several changes to the distance it has been run over. Since the first running of the race in 1924 when it was run over a mile or 1600m race, the distance has been chopped and changed and, over the years, run over 1400m, 1600m, 1800m and from 1953 to 1992 over 2000m. Since then it was reduced back 1800m.
Class horses such as It’s A Dundeel (2014), So You Think (2010), Elvstroem (2004) and the mighty Octagonal in 1996 have all contested and won the Underwood Stakes.
The success of the race can be measured by the horses who have gone on to bigger and better things.
The 2004 winner Elvstroem went on to win the Caulfield Cup that year, while So You Think, winner in 2010, went on to win his second successive Cox Plate after triumphing in the Underwood Stakes. He was followed by the 2012 winner Ocean Park, who also went on to do the Underwood Stakes-Cox Plate double.
In 2015, Underwood Stakes fourth placegetter Mongolian Khan went on to win the Caulfield Cup, while Black Heart Bart and Bonneval are the most recent winners.
Founded in 1859, Caulfield Racecourse hosts around 20 race days every year, headlined by the Caulfield Cup.
The track is commonly known at ‘The Heath’ following the early days in which jockeys would ride through rough bush, heath and sand hills during races.
The name is now renowned across Australia and New Zealand for representing Caulfield’s superb racing and entertainment venue.
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.
Following the 1995 Caulfield Cup, the course underwent a significant reconstruction and reopened in 1996. The track’s circumference was widened to 30m and lengthened inside the home straight by around 43m.
Racing is contested in a left-handed direction at Caulfield and features long, sweeping turns. As a result, there can be a slight draw bias for those drawn low over distances further than seven-furlongs.
The course has a total circumference of 2080m including a home straight of just over 360m.
In terms of the Caulfield Cup, records throughout the 21st century have showcased a slight advantage for single digit stalls due to the course’s swift anti-clockwise bends.
Favourable positioning at Caulfield can be crucial to a contenders’ winning claims, as the setting has a short home straight of less than 400m. It means hold-up performers routinely encounter trouble in-running, resulting in many hard-luck stories.
Over shorter distances, the emphasis is placed on speed as horses seek a prominent position before turning for home. A below-par start in Caulfield’s sprint races usually results in a poor finishing position for horses, showcasing the need for sharp early pace.
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