Held each year on Blue Diamond Stakes Day is the Group 1 Futurity Stakes, one of the premier races of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
The Futurity Stakes is a weight-for-age event that dates back to 1897 and has long been a pivotal event on the Victorian turf calendar.
The 2016 edition of the race will carry total stakes of $500,000 with the winner to receive $300,000
Held over 1400m at Caulfield the race has been won by some of the stars of Australian racing like Phar Lap, Ajax, Gunsynd, Schillaci and the mighty Manikato who won this race 4 times.
The Futurity Stakes forms a part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
There were plenty of "flashing light" runs from the back in the C F Orr but none went better than TURN ME LOOSE who was doing all the work on speed. He was slightly slow out from the barriers 1st up and that proved costly. With his usual clean getaway and added fitness he's the one to beat.
BOBAN was good from a wide barrier. This time he draws in like he did for his Memsie win of 2015. Regular rider, Glyn Schofield back on is also a plus.
HUCKLEBUCK strips fitter for two sound runs back and he finally gets a kind barrier draw.
SUAVITO had all the luck 1st up from a kind barrier draw. There's every chance that scenario plays out again from barrier 3.
STRATUM STAR is next best but all of these are there to run well in a great race.
|FUTURITY STAKES GUIDE|
|Date:||Saturday 27th February 2016|
|Race Time:||15:05 AEST|
|Race Type||Weight for Age 3YO & Upwards|
|2016 Winner:||Turn Me Loose|
|2016 Futurity Stakes Odds|
|3||TURN ME LOOSE||1ST||$2.80|
|9||THE UNITED STATES||-||-|
|5||TRUST IN A GUST||-||-|
The Murray Baker trained 4YO will be 2nd up here after beginning his campaign as favourite in the C F Orr stakes a fortnight ago. With a great Spring Carnival that saw him win 3 times in the Listed Seymour Cup, the G2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley and the G1 Emirates Stakes, Turn Me Loose was an impressive trial winner at Avondale over 1200m prior to him resuming. He led them up in his return and was only grabbed late, beaten 1 ¼ lengths. His 2nd up record is good with 2 wins and a 2nd from 3 attempts and punters are sticking with him, making him a clear favourite.
Quickly developing a strong reputation as a star weight-for-age mare, Suavito chases back-to-back Futurity wins. Since that win last year, she has only started 3 times, recording a win in the G2 Blamey Stakes, 7th in the G1 Doncaster and when 1st up here a fortnight ago taking out the G1 C F Orr Stakes. That win provided jockey Luke Currie with his 1st G1 win since 2003 and he has kept the ride for this week. She is a 2 time winner when 2nd up and has never missed a cheque from 7 starts on the track.
Trainer Phillip Stokes was looking at scratching Hucklebuck from the Orr Stakes when he drew the widest gate. After a change of heart, he took his place in the field and he rattled home late to finish 3rd just over a length from the winner. The lightly raced 5YO is the winner of 8 races from 16 starts was successful in the 2014 G1 Emirates Stakes and then in 2015 only had the one start in the G1 Goodwood over 1200m on his home circuit of Morphettville. He will be 3rd up here after a 4th in the G2 Australia Stakes when beaten just over a length and followed that with his 3rd in the Orr. He is a 3 time winner over the distance and from 2 attempts at Caulfield has a win and a 3rd.
Although not a long priced roughie, at the 5th line of betting, Politeness looks to be good value. Trained on the track at Caulfield, she has won 3 times on her home venue. With a successful Spring campaign, the 5YO mare was successful in the G3 How Now and the G3 Northwood Plume both at Caulfield. Those successes were followed up with a win at the highest level when taking out the G1 Myer Classic with her preparation coming to a close with a 0.2 length 2nd behind Turn Me Loose in the Emirates Stakes. Politeness resumed with a 2nd to Heatherly in the G2 Rubiton Stakes, has 2 previous wins when 2nd up and has drawn gate 1.
Held annually on Blue Diamond Stakes Day, one of the premier events of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival is the Group 1 Futurity Stakes. The race, one of the premier weight-for-age events of the autumn, is run over 1400m at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse. With prize money of $400,000 up for the taking, the event consistently attracts top flight weight-for-age gallopers going around in Australia. Horses which compete well in this race may consider tackling the Group 1 Australian Cup held at Flemington Racecourse later in the autumn. The Futurity Stakes honour roll boasts some of the most decorated horses in Australian racing history, including Phar Lap, Ajax (three-time winner), Bernborough, Gunsynd, Vo Rogue, Schillaci, More Joyous and the great gelding Manikato, who saluted a record four times in 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1983.
The Futurity Stakes is one of the longest running races in Australia, dating back in 1897, when won by Resolute. In 1979, the event was contested over 1800m, while between 2006 and 2010 it was run over 1600m (to be part of the Asia Miles Challenge), before reverting back to 1400m. The Asian Mile Challenge is a four-race international series with a total purse of more than $12.5 million, organised by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the Japan Racing Association, the Melbourne Racing Club and the Dubai Racing Club. It is open to horses from around the world, with the Dubai Duty Free in Dubai, the Champions Mile in Hong Kong and the Yasuda Kinen in Japan the other features.
|2016||TURN ME LOOSE||OPIE BOSSON||M BAKER||01:22.2|
|2015||SUAVITO||DAMIEN OLIVER||NIGEL BLACKISTON||01:23.0|
|2014||MOMENT OF CHANGE||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01:23.4|
|2013||ALL TOO HARD||DWAYNE DUNN||M, W & J HAWKES||01:23.0|
|2012||MUFHASA||NASH RAWILLER||STEPHEN MCKEE||01:23.8|
|2011||MORE JOYOUS||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:21.7|
|2010||TYPHOON TRACY||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01:34.4|
|2009||NICONERO||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DAVID HAYES||01:36.4|
|2008||NICONERO||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DAVID HAYES||01:34.8|
|2007||AQUA D’AMORE||STEPHEN BASTER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:35.7|
|2006||FIELDS OF OMAGH||STEVEN KING||DAVID HAYES||01:34.2|