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Underwood Stakes

Race Name Grade Track
Underwood Stakes 1 Caulfield Racecourse Underwood Stakes

Underwood Stakes

The Underwood Stakes is a Gr 1 Australian thoroughbred horse race contested annually in late September at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne over 1800m at weight-for-age conditions. This prestigious race currently carries a purse of AUD$350,000 and is the first Spring race to be run at a distance longer than 1 mile.

Inaugurated in 1924, the Underwood Stakes was originally hosted by the Werribee Racing Club at Werribee Racecourse. From 1948 until now, the Underwood Stakes has been run every year at Caulfield Racecourse, although over a variety of distances. For instance, from 1949 until 1953 it was run over 9 furlongs.

From 1954 until 1971 it was run over 10 furlongs, from 1972 until 1993 over 2000m and from 1994 until now over 1800m. Interestingly, 1800m is a very unusual distance in Australian horseracing circles, which is why trainers use the Underwood Stakes to 'gap' the more common distances of 1600m and 2000m/2400m.

Over the years the Underwood Stakes has hosted and been won many notable Australian horses, including legendary gelding Phar Lap, who won the race in 1931. Phar Lap was eventually inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and named number 22 out of the Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century.

Other notable winners of the Underwood Stakes include Ajax in 1938, 1939 and 1940, Lord in 1958, Big Philou in 1970, Bonecrusher in 1986, The Phantom in 1990, Octagonal in 1996, Mummify in 2003, El Segundo in 2006 and champion runner Weekend Hussler in 2008.

Underwood Stakes - Past Winners

2004 Elvstroem
2005 Perlin
2006 El Segundo
2007 Rubiscent
2008 Weekend Hussler

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