Underwood Stakes

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This article is about Australia horse race. For American horse race with similar name, see Vernon O. Underwood Stakes.

The Underwood Stakes is a Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race, held at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne Australia. It is run over 1800 metres under weight-for-age conditions in late September each year. Total prize money for the race is A$400,000 with the winner receiving $240,000.

It has been won by notable champions of the past such as Heroic, Phar Lap, Ajax, Tobin Bronze, Octagonal and Northerly.

Race History[edit]


  • 1924 - 1947 held by Williamstown Racing Club at Williamstown Racecourse.
  • 1948 onwards held at Caulfield Racecourse.


  • 1924 - 1948 held over 8 furlongs (approx 1600m)
  • 1943 - held over 7 furlongs (approx 1400m)
  • 1949 - 1953 held over 9 furlongs (approx 1800m)
  • 1954 - 1971 held over 10 furlongs (approx 2000m)
  • 1972 - 1993 held over 2000m
  • 1994 onwards held over 1800m.
  • Note: two runnings in 1944.

The winners[edit]

See also[edit]