Futurity Stakes field headlined by Mr Brightside

Mr Brightside
Mr Brightside will seek back-to-back Group 1 victories when he steps out in the Futurity Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday. (Photo: George Sal/Racing Photos)

The first of the three Group 1 races at Caulfield this Saturday will be the $750,000 Futurity Stakes over 1400m.

With only eight runners accepting for the weight-for-age feature, Mr Brightside has opened as a -200 favourite with online bookmakers.

The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained galloper will be seeking his sixth Group 1 success in the Futurity, having claimed his fifth with a barnstorming finish in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes at this track and trip first-up.

The son of Bullbars defeated three rivals last start that he will face again on Saturday, as Pericles (+1200), Munhamek (+1700) and Buffalo River (+1200) have all taken the same route as the favourite to begin their autumn campaign.

Nugget (+700) will return from a 19-week spell after he was last seen running an impressive fourth in the Group 1 King Charles III Stakes at Randwick on October 14.

The Ciaron Maher-trained gelding will gain the services of Mark Zahra and will be seeking his first Group 1 victory at the sixth time of asking.

Mitchell Freedman claimed his maiden Group 1 win as a trainer when Attrition (+800) claimed the Toorak Handicap last time out, and he will be looking to claim his second when his four-year-old entire kicks off his campaign at Caulfield this weekend.

The Futurity Stakes will be race seven on the Caulfield program and is scheduled to jump at 3:40pm AEDT.

2024 Futurity Stakes final field

Odds correct as of 11:30am AEDT on 21/2

Mr Brightside Silks

1. Mr Brightside (5)

  • T: Ben, Will & JD Hayes
  • J: Craig Williams
  • W: 59kg
  • F: 1×222
  • Age: 6YO
  • Color: Bay
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Sire: Bullbars
  • Dam: Lilahjay (NZ)
Pericles Silks

2. Pericles (1)

  • T: James Cummings
  • J: Jamie Kah
  • W: 59kg
  • F: 6×231
  • Age: 4YO
  • Color: Brown
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Sire: Street Boss (USA)
  • Dam: Accessories (GB)
Muhamek Silks

3. Munhamek (4)

  • T: Nick Ryan
  • J: Blake Shinn
  • W: 59kg
  • F: 7103x
  • Age: 8YO
  • Color: Bay
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Sire: Dark Angel (IRE)
  • Dam: Cadenza (FR)
Dom To Shoot Silks

4. Doom To Shoot (6)

  • T: Sean & Jake Casey
  • J: Damian Lane
  • W: 59kg
  • F: x9132
  • Age: 6YO
  • Color: Bay
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Sire: Shooting To Win
  • Dam: Princess Rouge (NZ)
Nugget Silks

5. Nugget (2)

  • T: Ciaron Maher
  • J: Mark Zahra
  • W: 59kg
  • F: x404x
  • Age: 7YO
  • Color: Bay
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Sire: Siyouni (FR)
  • Dam: Gemstone (IRE)
Buffalo River Silks

6. Buffalo River (7)

  • T: Mike Moroney
  • J: Celine Gaudray
  • W: 59kg
  • F: 33×01
  • Age: 8YO
  • Color: Bay
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Sire: Noble Mission (GB)
  • Dam: Fashion Insider (USA)
Attrition Silks

7. Attrition (8)

  • T: Mitchell Freedman
  • J: Ben Melham
  • W: 59kg
  • F: x1025
  • Age: 4YO
  • Color: Bay
  • Sex: Horse
  • Sire: Churchill (IRE)
  • Dam: Queen’s Kiss
Hey Fat Cat Silks

8. Hey Fat Cat (3)

  • T: Robbie Laing
  • J: TBC
  • W: 55.5kg
  • F: 5411x
  • Age: 3YO
  • Color: Brown
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Sire: Rubick
  • Dam: Keep de Rose (NZ)

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