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Futurity Stakes

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 prize money of $500,000. The 2020 Futurity Stakes was won by Streets Of Avalon from Super Seth with Melody Belle 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 Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes & Group 1 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.

Futurity Stakes info

Date: Saturday 22nd February 2020
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000
2020 Winner: Streets Of Avalon
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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 Group 1 CF Orr Stakes which is a weight-for-age race at Caulfield in February, and staying types may consider heading on to the Group 1 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 (3rd in 2015) travelled to Sydney to win the Group 1 All Aged Stakes at Randwick following his third placing in this event.

Streets Of Avalon (2020) ran second in a handicap race over 1400m at Flemington before leading all the way to win this event on a leader biased track for trainer Shane Nichols.

Recent Futurity Stakes winners include Alizee (2019) and Brave Smash (2018).

2020 Futurity Stakes result

1. $9.50 Streets Of Avalon 59.0 Ben Melham
2. $2.60 Super Seth 55.5 Mark Zahra
3. $4.20 Melody Belle 57.0 Opie Bosson

then followed
4. $15.00 Wild Planet 59.0 Dwayne Dunn
5. $4.40 Kolding 59.0 Glen Boss
6. $26.00 Black Heart Bart 59.0 Brad Rawiller
7. $101.00 Kazio 59.0 Brett Prebble
8. $19.00 Cape Of Good Hope 58.5 Damien Oliver

Margins: 0.2 len, 2.25 len
Time: 1:21.90

Other group races on Blue Diamond Stakes day at Caulfield include the Group 2 St George Stakes, Group 2 Autumn Classic, Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes, Group 3 Mannerism Stakes & Group 3 Zeditave Stakes.

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Futurity Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Streets Of Avalon Super Seth Melody Belle 1:21.9
2019 Alizee Malaguerra Hartnell 1:22.4
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
2015 Suavito Smokin' Joey Dissident 1:23.0
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
2009 Niconero Light Fantastic Alamosa 1:36.4
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
2004 Reset Vocabulary Yell 1:23.7
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
1998 Encounter Al Mansour Rebel 1:23.5
1997 Mouawad Shame Cut Up Rough 1:23.0
1996 Star Dancer Flying Spur Buzzoff 1:24.0
1995 Schillaci Jeune Spanish Mix 1:23.8
1994 Primacy Deposition Schillaci 1:22.0
1993 Schillaci Excited Angel Hulastrike 1:23.2
1992 Mannerism Planet Ruler Wrap Around 1:23.9
1991 Redelva Bureaucracy Planet Ruler 1:22.6
1990 Ark Regal Lightning Bend Sydeston 1:23.7
1989 Zeditave Jet Fighter Redelva 1:22.4
1988 Vo Rogue Campaign King Rancho Ruler 1:22.2