The 2019 Futurity Stakes is one of three Group 1 races to be decided on Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day at Caulfield on Saturday and is loaded with a host of Group 1 winners.
The 1400m weight for age Futurity Stakes has no less than nine Group 1 winners including last year’s winner Brave Smash who will line up for new trainer Kris Lees.
Lees will also saddle up stable star Le Romain while James Cummings will have three strong chances with Hartnell, Best Of Days and Alizee.
We have analysed the entire field and our complete 2019 Futurity Stakes tips can be found below.
Veteran Group 1 performer Hartnell is the first of three James Cummings trained runners to line up in the Futurity Stakes and has the honour of leading out the twelve horse field. The eight year old is fitter for one run back from a spell when last of five over the unsuitable distance of 1200m in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes at Rosehill three weeks ago. Hartnell will be better suited over the 1400m and has won over this course and distance at Group 1 level when he took out the 2018 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes. Always a chance at this level.
Multiple Group 1 winner Le Romain chased home Alizee when second in the Group 1 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill three weeks ago at his first run back for the Autumn and will be better suited over the 1400m. Damien Oliver has the job of navigating the Kris Lees trained six year from the outside barrier but he can’t be under estimated and won’t be far away when the whips are cracking.
Brave Smash has had one run for the Kris Lees stable for a second up fourth to Manuel in the Group 1 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes over the Caulfield 1400m course. Brave Smash was the winner of last year’s Futurity Stakes while under the care of trainer Darren Weir and will have the blinkers on again looking for back to back wins in the Group 1 weight for age feature. Michael Walker will give him every chance from barrier two.
The Lindsay Park trained Redkirk Warrior is struggling to regain his best form since winning his second Group 1 Newmarket Handicap over 1200m down the Flemington twelve months ago. Made up some ground from the back last start when seventh to Manuel in the Group 1 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes over the same course and distance as the Futurity Stakes and hard to get enthused about his chances.
Malaguerra tends to mix up his form and is hard to catch on his day and never threatened first up when eighth behind Whispering Brook in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at The Valley on January 25. Has won a 990m Cranbourne barrier trial since but still hard to recommend.
Western Australian trained Material Man is yet to win at the top level but has been placed three times in Group 1 company in his home state. The Justin Warwick trained seven year old ran a great race at his first appearance in the Eastern States when he made up plenty of ground from the back to finish one and a half lengths behind Manuel in sixth position in the Group 1 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes over the Caulfield 1400m journey a fortnight ago. Will get a nice run from barrier four and will be running on again.
Land Of Plenty
Land Of Plenty claimed his first Group 1 trophy when he beat Hartnell in the Toorak Handicap over 1600m at Caulfield during the 2018 Melbourne Spring Carnival while still under the care of Darren Weir. Land Of Plenty has been placed at his two runs this time in, his latest a dead heat for second to Manuel in the Group1 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace. The five year old will be stepping out for new trainers Peter and Paul Snowden for the first time in the Futurity Stakes and is one of the main chances.
Best Of Days
The James Cummings trained Best Of Days in the second runner to carry the royal blue colours of Godolphin and wasn’t far off the mark last start when fifth in the Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. The English import claimed his initial Group 1 win in the Kennedy Mile over 1600m at Flemington during the 2018 Melbourne Spring Carnival and looks well place here.
Manuel scored a surprise win at double figure odds with an all the way victory in the Group 1 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes but trainer Tony MvEvoy wasn’t shocked to see the five year old claim the major prize after showing plenty of promise in the past. Looks the likely leader again and could prove hard to get past.
Magic Consul is resuming from a spell and will struggle to make an impact here and is rated as the outsider for the field at $51 at Ladbrokes.com.au. The nine year old did find some good form last campaign and recorded a hat trick of wins with his victory in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes over 1600m at The Valley during the 2018 Melbourne Spring Carnival. Harder here.
Alizee is the last of James Cummings’ trio to step out in the Futurity Stakes and made it three wins from her last three starts when she cruised to victory in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill three weeks ago. The two times Group 1 winner looks perfectly placed here and has been installed as the short priced favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au. The four year old mare has drawn awkwardly at barrier eleven but has the master in Hugh Bowman to steer a winning course.
Ringerdingding is another ex-Darren Weir trained horse that is stepping up to weight for age company for the first time under the Chris Waller banner. The three year old will find this much tougher than his first up third to Hawkshot against his own age in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield two weeks ago.