Futurity Stakes Race Information

The Futurity Stakes is a 1400 metre weight-for-age race held at Caulfield in February or early March each year. It is run by the Melbourne Racing Club and is part of the Asian Mile Challenge.

  • Race Type: Group 1, Open WFA
  • Distance: 1400 metres
  • Conditions: Weight for age, 3YOs & up
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $750,000
  • Date: Saturday 24 February 2024

Futurity Stakes Race History

See the 2024 Futurity Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2023 Futurity Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2022 Futurity Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2021 Futurity Stakes Preview and results.

The Futurity Stakes was first held in 1898 when it was won by Resolute. The distance then was 7 furlongs (about 1400 metres) and in 1973 it became 1400 metres until 2005, barring 1979 when it was run over 1800 metres. In 2006 the distance was increased to 1600 metres and it became the first leg of the Asian Mile Challenge series. The distance returned to 1400m in 2011. It became a weight-for-age race in 1979 and a Group 1 race in 1980.

The Asian Mile Challenge is an international series of four Group 1 1600 metre races in four countries. The races are the Futurity Stakes in Melbourne, the Dubai Duty Free Stakes in Dubai, the Champions Mile in Hong Kong and the Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo.

The winner of the Futurity gets one of the five wild card entries into the All Star Mile.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Sierra Sue (2022)

Last 3YO to win: C&G – Reset (2004); Filly – Cendrillon (1967)

Multiple winners: Niconero (2008 & 2009); Schillaci (1993 & 1995); Manikato (1979, 1980, 1981 & 1983), Idolou (1973 & 1974), St Razzle (1949 & 1950), Ajax (1938, 1939 & 1940), Gladsome (1905 & 1906)

Fastest time (1400m): More Joyous (2001) 1:21:79

Interesting trivia: Manikato won in 1979, 1980, 1981 & 1983, while he finished 2nd in 1982 behind Galleon. He was a 3YO when he won the first time in the only year the race was held over 1800m

Past winners of the Futurity Stakes

Good three-year-olds frequently win the Futurity Stakes with three-year-old winners including All Too Hard (2013), Reset (2004), Yell (2003), Dash For Cash (2002), Desert Sky and Mr Murphy who dead-heated in 2001, and many more. The last three-year-old filly to win was Cendrillion in 1967. Mares and fillies have a poor record in the race and only 12 have won in its history of over 100 years. The most recent were Alizee in 2019,  Suavito in 2015 and Typhoon Tracy in 2010.

There have been several horses who have won this race more than once with the most notable being Ajax who won in 1938, 1939 and 1940, and Manikato who won in 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1983. The CF Orr Stakes is regarded as a good lead-up race to the Futurity.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Mr Brightside Pericles Buffalo River
2023 Alligator Blood Mr Brightside I’m Thunderstruck
2022 Sierra Sue Mo’unga Tofane
2021 Probabeel Arcadia Queen Mr Quickie
2020 Streets Of Avalon Super Seth Melody Belle
2019 Alizee Malaguerra Hartnell
2018 Brave Smash Tosen Stardom Showtime
2017 Black Heart Bart Tosen Stardom Ecuador
2016 Turn Me Loose Stratum Star Suavito
2015 Suavito Smokin’ Joey Dissident
2014 Moment Of Change Sertorius Pinwheel
2013 All Too Hard Glass Harmonium King Mufhasa
2012 King Mufhasa Pinker Pinker Adamantium
2011 More Joyous Whobegotyou Dao Dao
2010 Typhoon Tracy Dao Dao Sniper’s Bullet
2009 Niconero Light Fantastic Alamosa
2008 Niconero Cargo Cult Miss Finland
2007 Aqua D’amore Seachange El Segundo (NZ)
2006 Fields Of Omagh Red Dazzler Rosden
2005 Regal Roller Super Elegant Modern
2004 Reset Vocabulary Yell
2003 Yell Innovation Girl Roman Arch
2002 Dash For Cash Chattanooga Aquiver
2001 Desert Sky
Mr Murphy
[dead heat for 1st} Porto Roca
2000 Testa Rossa Miss Pennymoney Redoubte’s Choice
1999 Rustic Dream Al Mansour Helm
1998 Encounter Al Mansour Rebel
1997 Mouawad Shame Cut Up Rough
1996 Star Dancer Flying Spur Buzzoff
1995 Schillaci Jeune Spanish Mix
1994 Primacy Deposition Schillaci
1993 Schillaci Excited Angel Hulastrike
1992 Mannerism Planet Ruler Wrap Around
1991 Redelva Bureaucracy Planet Ruler
1990 Ark Regal Lightning Bend Sydeston
1989 Zeditave Jet Fighter Redelva
1988 Vo Rogue Campaign King Rancho Ruler
1987 Rubiton King Phoenix Playful Princess
1986 Campaign King Dazzling Duke Taj Quillo
1985 Vite Cheval River Rough Red Tempo
1984 Red Tempo Keepers Centaine
1983 Manikato Avatar Torbek
1982 Galleon Manikato Soldier Of Fortune
1981 Manikato Ducatoon Turf Ruler
1980 Manikato Asian Beau Jukebox Junior
1979 Manikato Stormy Rex Salamander
1978 Always Welcome So Called Sybarite
1977 Bonfield Surround Bold Mayo
1976 King’s Helmet Lord Dudley Martindale
1975 Martindale Eclipser Sizzler
1974 Idolou Love Aloft Tauto
1973 Idolou Tauto  Gunsynd
1972 Gunsynd Abdul Eastern Court
1971 Silver Spade Sky Call Abdul
1970 Crewman Black Onyx Ridicule
1969 Magic Ruler Snub Bunratty Castle
1968 Prince Romantic Alactraz Magic Ruler
1967 Cendrillon Snub Bowl King
1966 Star Affair Star Gun Bowl King
1965 Sir Dane Nicopolis Brandy Lad
1964 Future Tasman Pride Nicopolis
1963 Wenona Girl Kilshery Sky High
1962 Aquanita Anonyme Grammar Lad
1961 Sky High Lord Gay Port
1960 Todman Gay Port Lord
1959 Lord Skyline Cherete
1958 Zariba High Fire Cherete
1957 Parvo Chetnik King’s Fair
1956 The Orb Beau Chief Kingster
1955 Prince Cortauld Coppice Raconteur
1954 Sir Isfahan Downing Tarien
1953 Bob Cherry St Joel Crevasse
1952 San Domenico Grey Boots Eclair
1951 Iron Duke True Course Eclair
1950 St. Razzle San Domenico Beau Gem
1949 St. Razzle Ungar Ellerslie
1948 Royal Gem Star Port Money Moon
1947 Attley Master Dash La Patrice
1946 Bernborough Versailles St Fairy
1945 Drum Net Mysticus Tea Cake
1944 Counsel Phoines Simmering
1943 Zonda Sun Valley Art Union
1942 Burrabil Zonda Tea Cake
1941 High Caste Zonda Lucrative
1940 Ajax High Caste Manrico
1939 Ajax Pamelus El Golea
1938 Ajax Hua El Golea
1937 Gold Rod Pamelus Young Idea
1936 Regular Bachelor Cuddle Press Gang
1935 Heros
 * dead heat 1st Winooka
1934 Waltzing Lily Closing Time Kuvera
1933 Winooka Kuvera Gaine Carrington
1932 Ammon Ra Einga Middle Watch
1931 Phar Lap Mystic Peak Taurus
1930 Amounis Greenline Figure
1929 Mollison Gothic Greenline
1928 Gothic Sans Culotte Avant Courier
1927 Waranton Valicare Fuji San
1926 Top Gallant Fuji San Manfred
1925 Father’s Voice The Hawk Mercian King
1924 The Hawk Sonora Easingwold
1923 Salatis Eurythmic Caserta
1922 Eurythmic Wish Wynne Battleplane
1921  ** Race not run **
1920 Gold Tie Whiz Bang Sir Ibex
1919 Lucknow Sir Ibex Greenstead
1918 Wedge Desert Gold Panacre
1917 Balarang Woorak Marchand
1916 Maharajah Traquette Carlita
1915 Flash Of Steel Naxbery Blague
1914 Brattle Cider Rathlea
Royal Laddie
1913 Eudorus Volsloane Cider
1912 Popinjay Desire Comedy King
1911 Blairgour Broadsword Comedy King
1910 Comedy King Maltine Conge d’Estire
1909 Soultline Irishman King Berry
1908 Antonio Mountain King Munjeet
1907 Corroboree Step Out Collarit
1906 Gladsome Dukle Of Melton Pendant
1905 Gladsome Billingsgate
 * dead heat 2nd
1904 Playaway Pendant Mistral
1903 Sir Leonard Chantress Wakeful
1902 Sir Foote Wakeful Bonnie Chief
Homeward Bound
1901 Aurous Finland Malster
1900 Palmer Olaf Songbird
1899 Bobadil Alix Wait-A-Bit
1898 Resolute Bobadil Cordite

From the archives:

Futurity Stakes Final Field & Odds 2018

See below for early betting markets on this years Futurity Stakes.

Futurity Stakes Preview & Tips 2018

Track: Good  Weather: Showers

There are eleven runners in the $500,000 Italktravel Futurity Stakes. Six of them raced in the Orr Stakes a fortnight ago. The early favourite is Brave Smash who was held up and flew home for a close 3rd in the Orr. Second favouritism is shared between Tosen Stardom who ran 2nd in this race last year, and three-year-old Mighty Boss who was less than a length behind the winner in the Orr.

Humidor resumes here after finishing well back in the Melbourne Cup and will find this too short. Showtime resumed for 2nd in the G2 Expressway and should go well here. Mr Sneaky goes well third-up while Shillelagh, the only mare in the race, has great second-up form. Lord Of The Sky was 5th in the Orr and has won a trial very well since then. The other three runners are currently 25 to 1 or longer.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
3 Brave Smash
1 Tosen Stardom
11 Showtime
4 Lord Of The Sky