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2019 Underwood Stakes Tips - Can Homesman go back-to-back?

Justin Darcy has previewed the Underwood Stakes this Sunday and has supplied his tips for the event.
2019 Underwood Stakes Best bet & Tips
Homesman is the horse to beat again in Sunday's Underwood Stakes (Getty Images)

2019 Underwood Stakes Information

  • DateSun 27 Sep, 2020
  • RacecourseCaulfield
  • Race Distance1800 metres
  • ConditionsWeight-for-age
  • StatusGroup 1
  • Prize Money$750,000

2019 Underwood Stakes Tips, Best Bets and Betting Preview

The Underwood Stakes is a Group One lead up over 1800m to two majors of the spring carnival, the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate. 

The nominations are of high quality including last years winner Homesman and boil over Makybe Diva Stakes winner Gatting. 

Melbourne Cup hopeful Rostropovich will be hitting the line hard from the back of the field as well.

The 2019 field looks set to be key lead up again to this year's Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Underwood Stakes Best Bet - Homesman @ $2.80

Last years winner looks set to go back to back after a dominant display in the Feehan Stakes first up on September 7.

He was a class above that field and showed that he is a genuine Cox Plate contender. He is taking the same path as he did last year towards at Caulfield Cup, but the end goal being the Plate this time.

It looks perfect placement for this Group One winner with a step up on trip and back to a cause and distance he has already won over.

If he can draw a midfield gate, that will give Ben Melham every chance to slide across and tuck in behind the speed or even take it up if he needs.

Underwood Stakes Best Bet: Homesman - $2.80 at BetEasy

Underwood Stakes Value Bet - Humidor @ $17

Humidor is the dark horse coming into this race.

He improved from his first-up run last start in the Group One Makybe Diva Stakes, making up some nice ground late.

The 1800m third-up looks ideal as any extra distance will likely suit his older legs. 

The Cox Plate will again be his aim over the 2040m, but it will just be a matter of improving each run. 

I would not be surprised if Humidor found himself in the multiples, storming home from the back of the field.

Underwood Stakes Value Bet: Humidor - $17 at Sportsbet

2019 Underwood Stakes Key Facts

When is the 2019 Underwood Stakes?

The Underwood Stakes runs on the Sunday after the AFL Grand Final.

In 2019 the Underwood Stakes falls on Sunday, September 29.

What time is the 2019 Underwood Stakes

If this year's edition follows the same timetable as the 2018 iteration of the Underwood Stakes we can expect the field to jump at 4.30pm AEST.

Where is the 2019 Underwood Stakes?

The Underwood Stakes is ran at Caulfield race course, which is located in Melbourne.

The Underwood Stakes is the headline event of this weekend's racing action in Melbourne, but is shifted to Sunday to avoid the AFL Grand Final.

Who is the 2019 Underwood Stakes Favourite?

Last year's winner Homesman heads the Underwood Stakes market at the $2.60 quote.

Old stager Hartnell ($6) is on the second line of betting while shock Makybe Diva Stakes winner Gatting ($6.50) rounds out the single figure chances.


I'm backing Homesman to go back-to-back in the Underwood Stakes.

Old stager Humidor looks capable of running a big race at a huge price despite two disappointing showings this campaign.
Best Bet: Homesman @2.80 at Beteasy - 17 Units
Value Bet: Humidor @17.00 at Sportsbet - 3 Units

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