Suavito Leads 2016 Futurity Stakes Nominations

Nigel Blackiston’s defending champion Suavito headlines the Futurity Stakes 2016 nominations taken for the Blue Diamond Stakes Day classic at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend in Melbourne.


Last start CF Orr Stakes winner Suavito is nominated to defend her title in Saturday’s 2016 Futurity Stakes back over 1400m at Caulfield Racecourse. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

There are three top level races on the program for Saturday including the weight-for-age $500,000 Group 1 ittalktravel Futurity Stakes (1400m) that has attracted 17 nominations.

Leading the early entries is Blackiston’s now five-year-old daughter of Thorn Park who won the Futurity Stakes last Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

She boasts a total of four wins from seven starts at the Caulfield track where she resumed off an injury-enforced 10 month spell on February 13 to win the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m).

Now she is out to go back-to-back in the Futurity Stakes for the first time since Niconero (2008-09) and complete the CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double recently achieved by Moment Of Change (2014) and All Too Hard (2013).

In the CF Orr Stakes first-up Suavito defeated a luckless Darren Weir-trained Lucky Hussler (2nd) and the Phillip Stokes-trained Adelaide raider Hucklebuck (2nd) who are both also nominated for the Futurity Stakes rematch.

Husson six-year-old Lucky Hussler had a horror run last time out and was very brave in defeat, the gelding looking to return to winning form and add to his top Caulfield track record of two wins and two seconds from five starts.

His best effort at the track was a win in last October’s Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).

Hucklebuck is also a past Group 1 winner having taken out the 2014 Emirates Stakes, defeating runner-up Lucky Hussler, at Flemington.

His CF Orr Stakes third was also brave with the Elvstoem five-year-old doing all the work from a horror barrier 18 of 18 draw.

The past six Futurity Stakes winners all came off a last start victory and along with Suavito there is just one other runner that fits the bill this autumn.

Jason Warren’s lightly raced Beneteau three-year-old Puritan has won two of his four career runs to date, the latest being Caulfield’s Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) on February 6 and he is now looking to join All Too Hard (2013) as the only three-year-olds to win the Oakleigh Plate since 2004.

The other headline entries include the Robert Smerdon-trained Politeness and Murray Baker’s Kiwi galloper Turn Me Loose.

Consistent Street Sense mare Politeness won the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) last October before her second to Turn Me Loose in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes at the same track and distance only a week later.

She returned running second to 2016 Oakleigh Plate runner on Saturday Heatherly in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) and is tipped to improve getting more distance this weekend second-up.

Turn Me Loose meanwhile had his first run since the Emirates success last season in the CF Orr where he crossed only one and a quarter lengths off Suavito for fourth from gate 10.

His second-up record is very good (3-2-1-0), and three four-year-olds have won the race since 2010.

See below for the full Futurity Stakes 2016 nominations, the field and barriers out on Wednesday.

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2016 Futurity Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 27/02/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 34x30721x0 AWESOME ROCK H 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 96
2 0x12x149x6 BOBAN G 6 Chris Waller 115
3 0x4098035x DON DOREMO (NZ) G 5 Robbie Laing 90
4 460x2357x0 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 105
5 6x111x0x43 HUCKLEBUCK G 5 Phillip Stokes 109
6 7x46136x12 LUCKY HUSSLER G 6 Darren Weir 113
7 000x1112x2 POLITENESS M 5 Robert Smerdon 109
8 140×1 PURITAN G 3 Jason Warren 82
9 x60x123x35 REBEL DANE H 6 Gary Portelli 110
10 229x15450x SCISSOR KICK H 4 Paul Messara 104
11 120x281x22 SOLICIT M 5 Gerald Ryan 106
12 2x731310x7 STRATUM STAR H 4 Darren Weir 110
13 N311x117x1 SUAVITO (NZ) M 5 Nigel Blackiston 112
14 x0x122610x THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 104
15 550x43510x TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ) G 7 Robbie Laing 94
16 111x2x7x58 TRUST IN A GUST H 5 Darren Weir 110
17 31x62111x4 TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker 113


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