The Futurity Stakes is run over 1400m under weight-for-age conditions at Caulfield Racecourse in Victoria, Australia, and carries a purse of $500,000.
Past winners of the race include Testa Rossa (2000), Reset (2004), Vo Rogue and Rubiton who won it in 1998 and 1997 respectively.
2019 Futurity Stakes betting odds
Alizee is the $2.60 favourite at online bookmaker BetEasy to win the 2019 Futurity Stakes.
Land Of Plenty ($6.50) is on the next line of betting while Brave Smash is at the $7 quote.
Le Romain ($9) is the only other runner in single figures.
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How to bet on the Futurity Stakes
If you don’t include the favourite in your exotics when betting on the Futurity Stakes you are making a big mistake, with nine favourites since the year 2000 winning the race.
Australians are spoilt for choice when it comes to wagering on the gallops, with each major online corporate bookmaker accepting bets on each and every metro and regional TAB meeting.
It’s unlikely that bookies will have odds out too far in advance for this race, with it not attracting much early money. Instead bookies will release odds for the race when it draws close.
2018 Futurity Stakes result
Recent runnings of the Futurity Stakes
Alizee was the short-priced favourite heading into the 2019 Futurity and favourite backers would have had their hearts in their mouths when the Godolphin runner was caught extremely wide shortly after the jump. The horse looked like and also-ran entering the straight but he kept giving as the line approached, eventually taking the lead at the 50m mark before holding off all comers to record a fantastic win.
Brave Smash secured his maiden Group 1 crown, taking out the Futurity Stakes in barnstorming fashion. Camping just behind the early pacemaker Showtime, Craig Williams had to be patient, but as soon as the gap appeared he quickly raced Brave Smash to the front at the 100m to hold out the fast-finishing stablemate Tosen Stardom.
Black Heart Bart scored its fifth career group one when taking out the 2017 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield. The Darren Weir-trained gelding looked home around the final corner as it cantered up to the field, but stablemate Tosen Stardom burst through the middle to give it a real test. Black Heart Bart showed its true quality and scored with a bob of the head in the shadows of the post. The win extended the gelding’s superior Caulfield record to five wins from six starts. Read race report.
Turn Me Loose recorded his second Australian group 1 win, with a unique victory showing just how good he is. Instead of setting the pace, as he had done in previous starts, jockey Opie Bosson settled the horse just behind Hucklebuck, before taking the lead with about 100m to go. The $3.70 shot beat home Stratum Star ($17) and Suavito ($7), who was a long neck back in third.
A big-hearted performance netted Suavito the title after a blistering finish helped her overcome favourite Dissident. Despite Dissident jumping as short as $1.40 with some bookmakers, some money had come for Suavito, who firmed from $13 into $10 in the hours leading up to the race. Dissident made the early running with Driefontein, but the pair could not keep up with Suavitow, who won from Smokin’ Joey ($15) with the favourite back in third.
Moment Of Change made it successive group 1 victories with Luke Nolen giving the gelding a superb ride up front, managing to hold on right to the end. Moment Of Change and Nolen had won the CF Orr Stakes just weeks earlier. Sertorious was out of the gates horribly, but managed to run on for second, while Pinwheel defied age to finish third. Bull Point, who started favourite with Damien Oliver onboard, didn’t make an impact.
All Too Hard was scintillating in the 2013 running, just weeks after winning the CF Orr Stakes. Dwayne Dayne got All Too Hard out of the gates quickly and settled towards the front of the field, before swooping with about 500m to go to collar the leaders. Glass Harmonium was over three lengths back in second place, while King Mufhasa finished in third, a head behind second. All Too Hard was only a second outsidet he track record, held by Exceed And Excel, and paid $1.80 on the TAB.
Nash Rawiller was brilliant onboard King Mufhasa, who recorded a ninth group 1 victory in a glittering career. The $2.60 favourite lead from start to finish, to defeat Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker ($3.60) and Adamantium ($10). New Zealander Stephen McKee was the victorious trainer with his horse finishing 1.6 seconds outside Exceed and Excel’s track record.
Futurity Stakes past winners
|2017||Black Heart Bart|
|2016||Turn Me Loose|
|2014||Moment Of Change|
|2013||All Too Hard|
|2006||Fields Of Omagh|
|2002||Dash For Cash|
|2001||Desert Sky / Mr. Murphy|
|1935||Heros / Synagogue|
|1921||Race Not Held|
|1915||Flash Of Steel|