Sunday’s feature race at Caulfield is the Group 1 Underwood Stakes, which features some of the best middle-distance horses in Australia.
Punters have sided with local chance Grunt but there is strong money for the imported runners and it should be an intriguing race. It will also provide punters with a guide to the likes of the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate.
We have done the form to find our best bet, best each way and best roughie chance for the 2018 Underwood Stakes.
2018 Underwood Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Underwood Stakes 2018
Blair House @ $5 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
Homesman @ $8 – BET NOW
Bonneval @ $34 – BET NOW
Underwood Stakes 2018 Form Guide & Tips
Black Heart Bart ($23) – BET NOW
Former top line which is racing well below his best. Hasn’t fired in four runs back this season and although he has won almost $4 million, he’s looking more like a retired horse than anything else.
Prepared to overlook at $17.
Humidor ($4.60) – BET NOW
Big time performer which ran Winx to a close margin in the 2017 Cox Plate and he has a recent win in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes to his name.
The former Kiwi didn’t fire when running along the inside of runners in the Makybe Diva Stakes two weeks ago and that run has us concerned a touch. It could have been a case of third-up after a win so don’t count him out.
$3.80 is just a touch too short to tip.
Ambitious ($23) – BET NOW
Former Japanese runner which hasn’t shown much in Australia. Anthony Freedman lines up the six-year-old which finished sixth in a fair form guide last start but he would need to find another length or two.
His best performance came at Rosehill in March when running second behind Almandin but he looks well-held here.
Tosen Basil ($81) – BET NOW
Fresh up in Australia last start and showed very little when running 11th behind Grunt. Has two wins second-up and he owns a placing behind Highland Reel in the Hong Kong Cup, but we would need to see more from him to tip.
Comin’ Through ($7.50) – BET NOW
Too short in the market after failing to make sufficient ground at Flemington last start. He was ridden slightly too far back for his own good, but he didn’t recover well enough.
Some will say he endured an unlucky run but his Group 1 credentials are suspect and the $7 is far too short to back with confidence.
Pounamu ($151) – BET NOW
Has no right to be competing in a field of this nature and the triple-figure odds suggest the same. Will struggle and likely run last of the 10 runners.
Blair House (Best Bet – $5) – BET NOW
Charlie Appleby probably wishes he could live in Australia given the success he has had. He lines up Blair House, which is coming off a poor showing at Meydan behind Benbatl, but that form is hot for this.
He was a big winner of two races prior to that at Meydan and although his form over the mile in Europe wasn’t flash, we have seen that form stack up nicely in Australia.
There’s confidence in the market and we saw what Jungle Cat did off of Dubai form last time out.
Homesman (Best Each Way – $8) – BET NOW
Another imported runner which ran a good race for second last start at Moonee Valley. The four-year-old has done plenty of travel, with starts at Belmont in the US, Curragh in Ireland and now in Australia.
His form on the world stage stacks up nicely and the three-time winner should enjoy a nice trip in transit from barrier five.
Nice each way chance at $8.
Grunt ($3.50) – BET NOW
Quality four-year-old which won the Makybe Diva Stakes last start, but $3.50 is too short for a runner not suited at weight-for-age.
He won at that level last start but there were some odd runs in that race and we don’t think he’s going to get everything to suit from barrier 10 this time around.
Punters are taking a huge risk at the $3.50 and it’s one we’re not prepared to take.
Bonneval (Best Roughie – $34) – BET NOW
Classy mare which didn’t return well last start but she won this race last year with a blistering turn-of-foot and she could repeat the dose.
Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman know how to prepare a runner and she could offer some cheek at the price.