Futurity Stakes 2020

Saturday February 22, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Look for horses coming out of the CF Orr Stakes at the same track and distance a fortnight earlier for your Futurity Stakes betting.

The Futurity Stakes is one of three Group 1 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival features held at Caulfield Racecourse on Blue Diamond Stakes Day in late February each year. The weight-for-age feature runs over 1400m and offers $500,000 in total prize money.

There are three elite level races at the meeting, which is headlined by the two-year-olds facing off in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

The traditional lead-up race into the Futurity Stakes is the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) conducted at the same track and distance a fortnight earlier. From 2013-20 five of the Futurity Stakes winners came off a CF Orr Stakes run, including Black Heart Bart (2017) who did the double and the also Darren Weir-trained Brave Smash (2018) who improved on a lead-up third on the Orr Stakes.

This autumn’s edition of the Futurity Stakes took place on Saturday February 22, 2020 and was won in an upset by all-the-way winner Streets Of Avalon. 

Futurity Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 22, 2020
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1897

2020 Futurity Stakes Results

The official Futurity Stakes Results 2020 and Finishing Order will be published below when the race is run and won on Saturday February 22, 2020.

  • 1st: #3 Streets Of Avalon
  • 2nd: #8 Super Seth
  • 3rd: #7 Melody Belle

Jockey Ben Melham took advantage of the way the Caulfield track was playing on Blue Diamond Day going to the front aboard Streets Of Avalon ($9.50) and leading all-the-way in the 2020 Futurity Stakes results. The winner – now confirmed a $5 million The All-Star Mile start – held off the Caulfield Guineas champ Super Seth who ran second as the beaten favourite ahead of returning 10-time Group 1 winning mare Melody Belle.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 3 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Ben Melham 7 59kg $9.50
2 8 SUPER SETH Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 0.2L 4 55.5kg $2.60F
3 7 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 2.45L 3 57kg $4.20
4 4 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 3.45L 1 59kg $15
5 1 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 5.95L 5 59kg $4.40
6 2 BLACK HEART BART Lindsey Smith Brad Rawiller 6.15L 8 59kg $26
7 5 KAZIO Colin Little Brett Prebble 7.9L 6 59kg $101
8 6 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 9.65L 2 58.5kg $19

Futurity Stakes Betting & Odds

Futurity Stakes betting is normally dominated by horses coming off a win with all but three=e of the 11 Futurity Stakes winners from 2010-20 not having won their lead-up race.

The CF Orr Stakes is the best guide to Futurity Stakes odds and favourites in the markets have a nice recent record with eight saluting for the punters from 2010-2020 most recently Alizee ($2.80 in 2019).

In-form mares also usually sit high up the Futurity Stakes betting markets with the mares beating home the boys five times from 2007-2020.

2020 Futurity Stakes Odds

The Futurity Stakes 2020 betting odds will be available below as soon as markets on the Blue Diamond Stakes Day support act are out.

Futurity Stakes Field
Futurity Stakes odds on 2014 winner Moment Of change were short

Moment Of Change (2014) is a recent winner of the CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Futurity Stakes field limit is 16 starters, but the weight-for-age classic has only run at capacity once since 1983 back in 1986 when the Bart Cummings-trained three-year-old Campaign King won.

The race usually attracts horses of all ages however the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) also run at Caulfield two weeks earlier is the traditional lead-up.

Many horses target the CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double and the double has been achieved four times since 2010 with Typhoon Tracy (2010), All Too Hard (2013), Moment Of Change (2014) and Black Heart Bart (2017).

Nominations are taken the Monday before the race with the final Futurity Stakes field of acceptances released on the Wednesday.

2020 Futurity Stakes Field

The official Futurity Stakes 2020 final field and barriers will be released on the Wednesday of race week and detailed in full below.

It is a small but top class 2020 Futurity Stakes field gathered for Saturday at Caulfield with just eight final acceptors including champion New Zealand-trained mare Melody Belle and the spring’s Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 111x5111x4 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 5 59kg 114
2 870x80129x BLACK HEART BART Lindsey Smith Brad Rawiller 8 59kg 113
3 5040189×32 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Ben Melham 7 59kg 103
4 1132x231x7 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 1 59kg 86
5 1423×53353 KAZIO Colin Little Brett Prebble 6 59kg 82
6 14083x100x CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 2 58.5kg 110
7 11x411112x MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 3 57kg 115
8 113x1651x1 SUPER SETH Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 4 55.5kg 109

2020 Futurity Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Futurity Stakes 2020 close the Monday leading up to Blue Diamond Stakes Day with the full list of early entries to be published here.

Just 12 horses make-up the 2020 Futurity Stakes nominations this autumn with 10-time Group 1 winning Kiwi mare Melody Belle leading early markets just ahead of star four-year-olds Kolding and Super Seth.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 111x5111x4 KOLDING (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 1 59kg 114
2 870x80129x BLACK HEART BART G 9 Lindsey Smith 2 59kg 113
3 11x411112x MELODY BELLE (NZ) M 5 Jamie Richards 3 57kg 115
4 113x1651x1 SUPER SETH C 3 Anthony Freedman 4 55.5kg 109
5 14083x100x CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 5 58.5kg 110
6 0x125040x8 SO SI BON G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 6 59kg 104
7 7x004130x5 SPANISH REEF M 6 Ken Keys 7 57kg 104
8 5040189×32 STREETS OF AVALON G 5 Shane Nichols 8 59kg 103
9 1x2517x11 ALABAMA EXPRESS C 3 Michael Moroney 9 55.5kg 110
10 1132x231x7 WILD PLANET G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 10 59kg 86
11 1423×53353 KAZIO G 6 Colin Little 11 59kg 82
12 113x HEART OF PUISSANCE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 55.5kg 72

Futurity Stakes Tips

The best Futurity Stakes tips are to look for horses coming off a Group race win especially the CF Orr Stakes winner at the same track and distance a fortnight before and to look for horses drawn in barriers 4 – 6 as those gates produced six winners between 2010 and 2020.

Other good Futurity Stakes betting tips include backing the favourite and steering away from runners that didn’t have their final lead-up in a Melbourne race. That said, in 2019 Alizee saluted for the punters on the back of a lead-up Group 2 Expressway Stakes win in Sydney.

2020 Futurity Stakes Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes’ Futurity Stakes 2020 betting tips will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the gallopers to back and sack in the autumn Group 1.

Futurity Stakes Form Guide

The Futurity Stakes form guide shows punters the trainers, jockeys, barriers and other crucial information on the horses in the field. The guide shows the CF Orr Stakes is the best form to follow into the Futurity Stakes field each year with 10 winners of the latter coming out of the earlier Caulfield clash from 2005-2020.

Other important Futurity Stakes form guide facts to consider include the solid form of three-year-olds over the past two decades, the strong record of trainer David Hayes and the winning strike rate in the race of jockey Damien Oliver who boasts four wins to date.

Futurity Stakes Form Facts

  • Last start winners dominate recent the recent Futurity Stakes results with all but three of the 11 winners from 2010 – 2020 coming off a win
  • Alizee (11 of 12 in 2019) is the only Futurity Stakes winner to jump from a double-digit barrier draw since Niconero (10 of 12 in 2008)
  • The CF Orr Stakes has produced more Futurity Stakes champions than any other lead-up in the past two decades
  • Favourites in Futurity Stakes betting saluted for the punters eight times in the 11 years from 2010 – 2020

2020 Futurity Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Futurity Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

Futurity Stakes Results

The Futurity Stakes results and finishing order showing the placings of all the runners in the field along with the winning margins, trainer, jockey and time are out when the race runs at Caulfield Racecourse as part of Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

The results also show the successful Futurity Stakes exotics like quinella and trifecta combinations. Favourites have dominated the Futurity Stakes results over the past decade as have last start winners and notable champions of the race include More Joyous (2011), All Too Hard (2013), Black Heart Bart (2017) and Alizee (2019).

Recent Futurity Stakes Winners

2020 Streets Of Avalon Super Seth Melody Belle
2019 Alizee Malaguerra Hartnell
2018 Brave Smash Tosen Stardom Showtime
2017 Black Heart Bart Tosen Stardom Ecuador
2016 Turn Me Loose Murray Baker Opie Bosson
2015 Suavito Smokin’ Joey Dissident
2014 Moment Of Change Sertorius Pinwheel
2013 All Too Hard Glass Harmonium King Mufhasa
2012 King Mufhasa Pinker Pinker Adamantium
2011 More Joyous Whobegotyou Dao Dao
2010 Typhoon Tracy Dao Dao Sniper’s Bullet
2009 Niconero Light Fantastic Alamosa
2008 Niconero Cargo Cult Miss Finland
2007 Aqua D’amore Seachange El Segundo
2006 Fields Of Omagh Red Dazzler Rosden