Futurity Stakes 2018

Saturday February 24, 2018

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

The Futurity Stakes is one of three Group 1 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival features held at Caulfield Racecourse on Ladbrokes 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 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

The traditional lead-up race into the Futurity Stakes is the Group 1 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes (1400m) conducted at the same track and distance a fortnight earlier. From 2013-18 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 24, 2018 .

2018 Futurity Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Brave Smash
  • 2nd: #1 Tosen Stardom
  • 3rd: #11 Showtime

Futurity Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 24, 2018
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1897

2018 Futurity Stakes Results

The official Futurity Stakes Results 2018 and Finishing Order will be published below when the race is run and won on Saturday February 24, 2018 .

The 2018 Futurity Stakes Results saw gun Victorian trainer Darren Weir train the quinella with the Japanese expat’s Brave Smash and Tosen Stardom running first and second respectively.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 3 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 9 59kg $4.80F
2 1 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 0.75L 5 59kg $6
3 11 SHOWTIME Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 0.95L 10 55.5kg $7
4 2 HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir Damian Lane 2.95L 2 59kg $10
5 8 SNITZSON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 3.7L 1 59kg $41
6 6 MR SNEAKY Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 3.8L 8 59kg $10
7 9 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 6.05L 11 57kg $15
8 10 MIGHTY BOSS Mick Price Michael Walker 6.25L 3 55.5kg $5
9 7 WYNDSPELLE (NZ) Michael Kent Beau Mertens 7.5L 6 59kg $71
10 5 SOVEREIGN NATION David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 9L 4 59kg $31
11 4 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 10L 7 59kg $11

Futurity Stakes Betting & Odds

Futurity Stakes betting is normally dominated by horses coming off a win with all but two of the nine Futurity Stakes winners from 2010-18 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 seven saluting for the punters from 2010-2018.

In-form mares also usually sit high up the Futurity Stakes betting markets with four mares beating home the boys from 2007-2018.

2018 Futurity Stakes Odds

The Futurity Stakes 2018 betting odds will be available below as soon as markets on the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day support act are out.

Futurity Stakes Field

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 Ladbrokes 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).

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.

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

2018 Futurity Stakes Field

The Futurity Stakes 2018 field and barrier draw is officially released on Wednesday February 21, 2018 and will be published below so stay tuned to see what weight-for-age autumn horses make the line-up.

The official 2018 Futurity Stakes Final Field features 11 horses including a Darren Weir-trained trio of genuine winning hopes led by CF Orr Stakes third placegetter Brave Smash.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2x536181x0 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 5 59kg 115
2 2x6813520x HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir Damian Lane 2 59kg 115
3 44x2123x53 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 9 59kg 108
4 415x66x165 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 7 59kg 106
5 x15314270x SOVEREIGN NATION David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 4 59kg 100
6 11x1220x28 MR SNEAKY Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 8 59kg 100
7 6822063×34 WYNDSPELLE (NZ) Michael Kent Beau Mertens 6 59kg 98
8 173x54630x SNITZSON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 1 59kg 98
9 4010x731x0 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 11 57kg 110
10 0x12741x7 MIGHTY BOSS Mick Price Michael Walker 3 55.5kg 105
11 42x21510x2 SHOWTIME Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 10 55.5kg 92

2018 Futurity Stakes Nominations

The official Futurity Stakes 2018 Nominations are taken on Monday February 19, 2018 and the full list of early entries will be provided below as soon as announced.

The early 2018 Futurity Stakes Nominations drew 14 hopefuls and have been extended until Tuesday at 10am (AEDT). Darren Weir won the race last year with Black Heart Bart and returns with three top hopes led by the CF Orr Stakes third placed Brave Smash.

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 2018.

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.

2018 Futurity Stakes Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes’ Futurity Stakes 2018 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.

  • 1st: #3 BRAVE SMASH ($3.60)
  • 2nd: #6 MR SNEAKY ($11)
  • 3rd: #11 SHOWTIME ($7.50)

BRAVE SMASH ($3.60) heads Futurity Stakes betting and it has been a favourable race for punters in the past decade. Last year’s winning trainer Darren Weir has three in the mix, and while all three have claims, the in-form BRAVE SMASH does look hard to beat. Third in The Everest in Sydney last season and third last time out at this track / distance in the CF Orr Stakes. Sure, there were a few hard luck stories in that race a fortnight back, but think BRAVE SMASH will be franking the form. MR SNEAKY ($11) is a great value improver out of the same lead-up. Anthony Freedman’s son of High Chaparral is the right age to win this race as a four-year-old and had zero luck when eighth a fortnight ago. Group 1 second at the 1400m here in the spring and gets the chance to finish in the money again. SHOWTIME ($7.50) is an up-and-coming Hawkes Racing-trained three-year-old who is in Melbourne after kicking off with an Expressway Stakes second over 1200m. Extra metres and fitness edge suit.

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 2005-2018.

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 two of the nine winners from 2010 – 2018 coming off a win
  • No Futurity Stakes winner has jumped 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 seven times in the nine years from 2010 – 2018

2018 Futurity Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Futurity Stakes 2018 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 Ladbrokes 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) and Black Heart Bart (2017).

Recent Futurity Stakes Winners

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