Darren Weir has taken Black Heart Bart to amazing levels since taking on the now 6YO gelding at the start of 2016. Since preparing the son of Blackfriars his record is 12: 5-6-0 and has returned stakes of over $2.1m. At Caulfield he has the enviable record of 5:4-1-0 while at the 1400m at The Heath is 3 from 3, with two of those victories at Group 1 level. Last start in the CF Orr he settled mid-field and was ridden patiently and when Brad Rawiller pulled the trigger, he never really looked in danger of not getting to Turn Me Loose and going past him. With only a small field to contend with here, Black Heart Bart has opened in red figures and looks likely to stay a short quote, territory he has not been in since being trained by Weir.
The winner of this race in 2016, Turn Me Loose will be looking to be the first horse since Nicconi to win this race in successive years. Since last year’s victory the now 5YO has only faced the starter a further 6 times, 2 of those starts coming this preparation. This prep he began over the 1200m of the Australia Stakes where he found them a touch too sharp when well held behind Malaguerra. Second-up into the CF Orr he bounced out early and headed the field and ran a bold race out in front, only getting run-down by Black Heart Bart but holding the rest of the field off. Last Season Turn Me Loose was 4th in the Orr going into the Futurity and at each of his 3 previous Caulfield runs he has been ridden on the pace. Kerrin McEvoy takes the ride here.
4YO entire Palentino has never really performed at his peak on the Caulfield surface, yet last start in the CF Orr he returned on of his better runs at The Heath. Settling near the rear of the field he unleashed a strong sprint to make up a stack of ground in the straight and had some of the strongest sectional splits of any runner, including the fastest closing 200m. His last win came in the Spring over the mile at Flemington in the G1 Makybe Diva where he defeated Black Heart Bart at weight-for-age. This prep he began in the Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley where he found the 1200m too sharp yet did run on well in the closing stages to finish 4th behind Malaguerra. Mark Zahra has been in the saddle at both of his Group 1 wins and will take the ride again for the Futurity.
The only 3YO in the race, Attention was a late entry into the race following the extension of nominations. The Snowden trained runner will be third-up this campaign and looing to get the colt to switch-on the blinkers will go on for the first time. Not seen in any of the Spring races, he was given two trials to prepare for his return to the track which came in the G2 Expressway Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill under weight-for-age conditions. Settling in 3rd position in the 6 horse field, the best he could do was 5th beaten three lengths behind the winner Music Magnate. Having his first start the Melbourne way of going in the G2 Autumn Stakes over 1400m, he raced on the pace and with the on-pace runners dominating, held 2nd place behind the leader and winner Oak Door who had a 2kg pull in the weights.
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 run over 1400m.
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.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 is $500,000 with the winner to receive $30,000. The 2016 winner was the 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.
|FUTURITY STAKES GUIDE|
|Date:||Saturday 25th February 2017|
|Race Time:||13:50 AEST|
|Race Type||Weight for Age 3YO & Upwards|
|2016 Winner:||Turn Me Loose|
|2017 Futurity Stakes Odds|
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|