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The Futurity Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held late February or early March each year at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and has prizemoney of $500,000. The 2017 Futurity Stakes was won by Black Heart Bart from Tosen Stardom with Ecuador third.
Taking place on the Melbourne Racing Club's biggest race day of the autumn, Blue Diamond Stakes day, the Futurity Stakes takes place alongside feature autumn races, the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes & Gr1 Oakleigh Plate.
The Futurity Stakes is the first leg of the Asian Mile Challenge which is a four-race international series with a total purse of more than $12.5 million, organised jointly by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the Japan Racing Association, the Melbourne Racing Club and the Dubai Racing Club.
Open to horses from around the world, the Asian Mile Challenge feature races are the Futurity Stakes in Melbourne, the The Dubai Duty Free in Dubai, The Champions Mile in Hong Kong and the The Yasuda Kinen in Japan.
The Futurity Stakes is one of the more prominent weight-for-age races of the Caulfield autumn racing carnival and the 1400m distance is attractive to a variety of gallopers, including strong sprinters and quality middle distance types, which assures a top field is assembled each year.
Sprinters in this event may come via the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes which is a weight-for-age race at Caulfield in February, and staying types may consider heading on to the Gr1 Australian Cup at Flemington on Super Saturday of Racing in March.
In recent times Moment Of Change (2014), All Too Hard (2013) & Typhoon Tracy (2010) have both taken out the CF Orr Stakes & Futurity Stakes double, while Niconero (2009) was the last galloper to take out the Futurity Stakes & Australian Cup double.
Some quality thoroughbreds have saluted in this event over the years including More Joyous (2011), Fields Of Omagh (2006), Testa Rossa (2000), Encounter (1998), Schillaci (1993 & 1995), Redelva (1991) and Zeditave (1989). The Futurity Stakes is a race for good horses and is always one of the highlights of the Melbourne autumn racing carnival.
Classy Peter Moody trained galloper Dissident travelled to Sydney to win the Gr1 All Aged Stakes at Randwick following his third placing in this event.
Turn Me Loose (2016) ran fourth in the CF Orr Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before taking out this event in stylish fashion and recent Futurity Stakes winners include Suavito (2015) and Moment Of Change (2014).
2016 Futurity Stakes result
1. $3.10 Turn Me Loose 59.0 Opie Bosson
2. $17.00 Stratum Star 59.0 Mark Zahra
3. $7.00 Suavito 57.0 Luke Currie
4. $19.00 Rebel Dane 59.0 Damien Oliver
5. $51.00 The United States 59.0 Ms Michelle Payne
6. $18.00 Trust In A Gust 59.0 Brad Rawiller
7. $10.00 Politeness 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
8. $5.00 Hucklebuck 59.0 Dom Tourneur
9. $81.00 Entirely Platinum 59.0 James Winks
10. $10.00 Boban 59.0 Glyn Schofield
11. $13.00 Scissor Kick 59.0 Craig Williams
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