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: 1,400 metres
- Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday 25 February 2017
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. It became a weight-for-age race in 1979 and a Group 1 race in 1980.
Futurity Stakes Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for early betting markets on this years Futurity Stakes.‘Odds not currently available’
Futurity Stakes Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Overcast
There are only nine runners in the $500,000 Italktravel Futurity Stakes. Six of them raced in the Orr Stakes a fortnight ago. The short-priced favourite is Black Heart Bart who won the Orr in a dominant fashion and loves this track and distance. Second favouritism is shared between Turn Me Loose who won this race last year and was 2nd in the Orr last start, and Palentino who charged home for 4th in the Orr.
Lucky Hussler was disappointing when 10th in the Orr, and is much better than that. Ecuador was 3rd in the Orr and goes well at this distance. Tosen Stardom resumes here and it is hard to line his form up. The other three runners are currently 14 to 1 and longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 Black Heart Bart||1 Black Heart Bart||1 Black Heart Bart|
|6 Palentino||3 Turn Me Loose||3 Turn Me Loose|
|7 Ecuador||6 Palentino||4 Tosen Stardom|
|3 Turn Me Loose||4 Tosen Stardom||6 Palentino|
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 11 have won in its history of over 100 years. The most recent were 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.
|2017||Black Heart Bart||Tosen Stardom||Ecuador|
|2016||Turn Me Loose||Stratum Star||Suavito|
|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|
|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|
|2003||Yell||Innovation Girl||Roman Arch|
|2002||Dash For Cash||Chattanooga||Aquiver|
|[dead heat for 1st}||Porto Roca|
|2000||Testa Rossa||Miss Pennymoney||Redoubte’s Choice|
In 2006 the distance was increased to 1600 metres and it became the first leg of the Asian Mile Challenge series.
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.