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.
|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).
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|
|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|
|2008||Niconero||Cargo Cult||Miss Finland|
|2007||Aqua D’amore||Seachange||El Segundo|
|2006||Fields Of Omagh||Red Dazzler||Rosden|