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2022 Underwood Stakes Barrier Draw & Final Field

Last updated: 21 Sep 2022
Justin Darcy 21 Sep 2022
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  • The barrier draw has been conducted for the 2022 Underwood Stakes
  • 6 runners make up the final field
  • The Underwood Stakes is a feature middle-distance event in Melbourne
Underwood Stakes Field & Barriers
I'm Thunderstruck is a key contender in this year's Underwood Stakes. (Getty)

The 2022 Underwood Stakes looks a quality 1800m WFA event, run at Sandown on Sunday, where we see four Cox Plate contenders head the market.

Last year's winner Zaaki (barrier five) looks hard to beat off the back of his Tramway Stakes win first-up on heavy ground. One of the best WFA horses in Australia, the sky is the limit this spring for Zaaki, especially if he lands on the speed and can run them along over 1800m here.

I'm Thunderstruck (barrier six) is the new kid on the block at WFA level, flashing home to just miss Everest contender Snapdancer in the Memsie Stakes first-up, before getting up right on the line to win the Group One Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington last start.

Mr Brightside (barrier four) had the measure of I'm Thunderstruck in the Doncaster Handicap in the autumn, and has now made himself a WFA horse, winning the Group Two PB Lawrence Stakes first-up and bolting in the Group Two Feehan Stakes last start.

Alligator Blood (barrier two) led everywhere bar the post in the Makybe Diva Stakes, nailed by I'm Thunderstruck on the line, but the question remains as to whether he can run further than a mile.

Underwood Stakes 2022 Barriers & Final Field

1ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Ms Jamie Kah 559kg
2I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 659kg
3ALLIGATOR BLOOD Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 259kg
4MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben & JD Hayes Craig Williams 459kg
5MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Nash Rawiller 359kg
6NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 159kg

Underwood Stakes Winners

The Underwood Stakes is favourite event of the punters as the Melbourne Spring Carnival approaches.

The Underwood Stakes was first run and won back in 1924 by Whittier, who ended up defending that title a year later.

The race is now known as a key lead in race to the Caulfield Cup.

Gaining Group One status in 1979, the event gives the winner a ballot exempt tilt at the Cup.

Phar Lap, Ajax and New Zealand pair It's A Dundeel and Bonecrusher are four thoroughbred stars that have recorded victories in the Underwood.

Underwood Stakes 2022 FAQs

When is the 2022 Underwood Stakes?

The 2022 Underwood Stakes is scheduled for Sunday, September 25.

It will run as Race 7 on the Sandown meeting.

What distance is the Underwood Stakes?

The Underwood Stakes is run over a distance of 1800 metres.

Who won the 2021 Underwood Stakes?

Zaaki won the 2021 Underwood Stakes.

How can I live stream the 2022 Underwood Stakes?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the v Stakes and all other Australian horse races.

What is the Underwood Stakes worth?

The Underwood Stakes is worth a total of $1 million.

$600,000 goes to the winner.


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