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  • The Underwood Stakes is a feature sprint of the Melbourne Spring Carnival
  • This feature is run over 1800 metres at Sandown
  • Can Zaaki claim his second Underwood Stakes?
  • Preview & tips are below
Underwood Stakes Tips
Zaaki runs as our best bet in the Underwood Stakes. (Getty)
   

The Underwood Stakes is a 1800m race run at Sandown racecourse on September 23.
  • Underwood Stakes 2022 Field & Odds
  • Underwood Stakes 2022 Field & Odds
  • Underwood Stakes FAQs

A WFA feature of the spring, horses such as Jeune, Northerly, Weekend Hussler, Russian Camelot & Zaaki have taken out this event along with a number of other features throughout their career.

A strong field of six has been assembled for the 2022 Underwood Stakes, with Zaaki heading the market at $2.45 with Neds.

Underwood Stakes 2022 Field & Odds

                                                                          
No
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Barrier
Weight
Odds
1ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Ms Jamie Kah 559kg$2.45
2I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Mark Zahra 659kg$3.30
3ALLIGATOR BLOOD Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 259kg$7.00
4MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben & JD Hayes Craig Williams 459kg$4.00
5MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Nash Rawiller 359kg$21.00
6NONCONFORMISTGrahame Begg Jordan Childs 159kg$91.00
Odds provided by Neds - taken at 1.07pm 21/9/22.

Underwood Stakes 2022 Field & Odds

Underwood Stakes 2022 Best Bet - Zaaki

Last year's winner returns to defend his title off the back of a Tramway Stakes win, scratched from last week's George Main against Anamoe in favour of running here.

We know he is right at this best on top of the ground, and with this track currently a soft six with little rain to come and some sunny days expected, he is very well suited.

Zaaki comfortably beat his two main rivals in this year's All-Star Mile, although both look to have improved, he is clearly the benchmark here.

Zaaki - $2.45Underwood Stakes Best BetBET HERE
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Underwood Stakes 2022 Next Best Bet - I'm Thunderstruck

The big son of Shocking has returned in tremendous order, running an enormous second in the Memsie Stakes before digging in late to win the Makybe Diva Stakes in the final bound.

1800m looks no issue at all and now third-up into the prep, he is the horse with the edge in race fitness who looks to have the class to match Zaaki.

We know he has the brillianceto beat them, but a tendency to lay in is something that could well cost him if things got desperate.

I'm Thunderstruck - $3.30Underwood Stakes Next Best BetBET HERE
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Underwood Stakes 2022 Value Bet - Alligator Blood

He led everywhere bar the post in the Makybe Diva, and once again maps to hold the fence with Zaaki to his outside or tucked in behind if the favourite crosses.

The aim will be similar to last start, dictate in front before trying to pinch a break on his rivals, but with Zaaki next to him who enjoys a stronger tempo, I would not be shocked to see this gelding with race fitness go with him.

If for some reason Mr Brightside and I'm Thunderstruck were struggling to make up the ground and the race came down to a test in fitness between him and Zaaki, Alligator might just have the edge.

Alligator Blood - $7.00Underwood Stakes Value BetBET HERE
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Underwood Stakes 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 Underwood 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.

                                                                   GB

Verdict

Backing Zaaki as the main bet in the event, while we save on I'm Thunderstruck who I believe is the only danger, all things being equal.

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