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 2018 Futurity Stakes was won by Brave Smash from Tosen Stardom with Showtime 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.
|Date:||Saturday 24th February 2018|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|2018 Winner:||Brave Smash|
|2018 Futurity Stakes odds|
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 Black Heart Bart (2017), Moment Of Change (2014), All Too Hard (2013) & Typhoon Tracy (2010) have all 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.
Brave Smash (2018) ran third in the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before taking out this event in quality style and recent Futurity Stakes winners include Black Heart Bart (2017) and Turn Me Loose (2016).
1. $4.80 Brave Smash 59.0 Craig Williams
2. $6.00 Tosen Stardom 59.0 Ben Allen
3. $7.00 Showtime 55.5 Dwayne Dunn
4. $10.00 Humidor 59.0 Damian Lane
5. $41.00 Snitzson 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
6. $10.00 Mr Sneaky 59.0 Mark Zahra
7. $15.00 Shillelagh 57.0 Michael Dee
8. $5.00 Mighty Boss 55.5 Michael Walker
9. $71.00 Wyndspelle 59.0 Beau Mertens
10. $31.00 Sovereign Nation 59.0 Regan Bayliss
11. $11.00 Lord Of The Sky 59.0 Damien Oliver
Margins: 0.75 len, 0.20 len
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|2018||Brave Smash||Tosen Stardom||Showtime||1:23.1|
|2017||Black Heart Bart||Tosen Stardom||Ecuador||1:22.9|
|2016||Turn Me Loose||Stratum Star||Suavito||1:22.2|
|2014||Moment Of Change||Sertorius||Pinwheel||1:23.4|
|2013||All Too Hard||Glass Harmonium||King Mufhasa||1:23.0|
|2012||King Mufhasa||Pinker Pinker||Adamantium||1:23.8|
|2011||More Joyous||Whobegotyou||Dao Dao||1:21.7|
|2010||Typhoon Tracy||Dao Dao||Sniper's Bullet||1:34.4|
|2008||Niconero||Cargo Cult||Miss Finland||1:34.8|
|2007||Aqua Damore||Seachange||El Segundo||1:35.7|
|2006||Fields Of Omagh||Red Dazzler||Rosden||1:34.2|
|2005||Regal Roller||Super Elegant||Modem||1:24.6|
|2003||Yell||Innovation Girl||Roman Arch||1:21.9|
|2002||Dash For Cash||Chattanooga||Aquiver||1:23.0|
|2001||Desert Sky||Porto Roca||Mr Murphy||1:22.8|
|2000||Testa Rossa||Miss Pennymoney||Redoutes Choice||1:23.7|
|1999||Rustic Dream||Al Mansour||Helm||1:22.1|
|1997||Mouawad||Shame||Cut Up Rough||1:23.0|
|1996||Star Dancer||Flying Spur||Buzzoff||1:24.0|
|1992||Mannerism||Planet Ruler||Wrap Around||1:23.9|
|1990||Ark Regal||Lightning Bend||Sydeston||1:23.7|
|1988||Vo Rogue||Campaign King||Rancho Ruler||1:22.2|