Ambitious Futurity Stakes 2018 Target for Japanese Expat

January 19, 2018

Ambitious Futurity Stakes 2018 Target for Japanese Expat

Mornington horseman Anthony Freedman is eyeing the 2018 Futurity Stakes on Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day as a possible Group 1 autumn target for his Japanese import Ambitious.

Black Heart Bart

Japanese import Ambitious could take on the reigning champion Black Heart Bart (pictured) first-up in the 2018 Futurity Stakes in February. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A winner of five of his 16 career starts overseas, Deep Impact entire Ambitious is gearing up for his down under debut with Freedman.

The six-year-old hasn’t raced since a June flop at Tokyo in a Group 1 mile event, but has been working well ahead of his likely first-up run at Caulfield Racecourse next month according to Freedman.

“He’s highly rated and he’s capable of being competitive at a very high level,” Freedman told AAP.

Ambitious, a winner of close to $3 million in career prize money, is best known for defeating Japanese superstar and last year’s Tenno Sho Spring winning stayer Kitasan Black in the Group 2 Osaka Hai (2000m) in April of 2016.

Freedman has been pleased with what he has seen from Ambitious around the stable so far and is considering kicking off the horse’s Australian racing career on February 24 in the Group 1 $500,000 Futurity Stakes (1400m).

To familiarise Ambitious with the Caulfield track, Freedman brought the galloper to the twilight race meeting there on Wednesday night that included a walk around the pre-parade rings.

A jump-out in three weeks’ time is likely to serve as a pre-race lead-up into the Futurity Stakes for Ambitious where he could meet fellow former Japanese gallopers Tosen Stardom and Brave Smash.

The stablemates join defending Futurity Stakes champion Black Heart Ba9rt at the top of all-in Futurity Stakes betting at bookmakers around the country for top Victorian trainer Darren Weir.

Seven-year-old Deep Impact entire Tosen Stardom is the early Futurity Stakes favourite following his Group 1 $2 million Emirates Stakes (2000m) win at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The $3.3 million earner also won the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) in mid-October at Caulfield and was runner-up to stablemate Black Heart Bart in last autumn’s Futurity Stakes results at just his second start in Australia.

Brave Smash is a five-year-old Tosen Phantom stallion who has raced in Australia four times for four top three efforts.

His most recent performance was the eye-catching third as a $31 roughie behind Redzel when just a length beaten in the Restricted $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on October 14.

As for last year’s Futurity Stakes winner Black Heart Bart, the now seven-year-old son of Blackfriars will be out to win successive editions of the weight-for-age showdown for the first time since Niconero (2008-09).

He hasn’t managed to win again since completing the Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double last Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, but has racked up a further three Group 1 placings.

He was last seen finishing a disappointing ninth in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot back in his former home town of Perth in early December.

To check out the latest autumn racing odds on upcoming Group 1 races like the Futurity Stakes 2018 visit Ladbrokes.com.au today.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Waterhouse Eyeing Myer Classic...

Caulfield Cup Results: Best So...

Caulfield Cup Results: Best Solution Caps Another Big Weekend for Godolphin

For the second weekend in a row it was the Godolphin blue on top at Caulfield...

Thinkin’ Big? Think Vict...

Thinkin’ Big? Think Victoria Derby Favourite

Thinkin’ Big is on track for the Victoria Derby next month after...

Ethereal Stakes: A Verry Ellee...

Ethereal Stakes: A Verry Elleegant Ride Sees New VRC Oaks Favourite Emerge

Lots of good horses looked a chance on Saturday at Caulfield, but nobody came...

Caulfield Cup: Track Downgrade...

Caulfield Cup: Track Downgrade Should Suit Youngstar Nicely

Last fortnight’s Turnbull Stakes provided us with two things –...

Horse Racing Today

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfie...

Early Spell for Waller Four-Ye...

Early Spell for Waller Four-Year Old Unforgotten

A disappointing eighth in last weekend’s Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) has...

Oohood can break the hoodoo in...

Oohood can break the hoodoo in the 2018 Caulfield Guineas

Trainer Tony McEvoy thinks his filly Oohood has a great chance of breaking the...

Smart Melody humming along nic...

Smart Melody humming along nicely towards 2018 Thousand Guineas

Unbeaten filly Smart Melody is humming along nicely as she steps up to Group 1...

Outside barrier ok for D’...

Outside barrier ok for D’Argento in 2018 Ladbrokes Stakes

Jockey James McDonald won’t offer the outside barrier as an excuse if race...

Race Results

Waterhouse Eyeing Myer Classic for Tristarc Winner Shumookh

Caulfield Cup Results: Best Solution Caps Another Big Weekend for Godolphin

Thinkin’ Big? Think Victoria Derby Favourite

Ethereal Stakes: A Verry Elleegant Ride Sees New VRC Oaks Favourite Emerge

2018 Caulfield Sprint: Eduardo Claims Group Two Glory

Race Previews

Caulfield Cup: Track Downgrade Should Suit Youngstar Nicely

Weir: Peaceful State Has ‘Terrible Race Style’

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfield Cup Hopeful Night’s Watch

Weight & Distance No Worries for Youngstar, But Barrier Might Be

Caulfield Cup: Youngstar Improving, But Kerrin McEvoy Wary of Night’s Watch

Fields & Form

Weir: Peaceful State Has ‘Terrible Race Style’

Quiet Ride the Key for Caulfield Cup Hopeful Night’s Watch

Oohood can break the hoodoo in the 2018 Caulfield Guineas

Smart Melody humming along nicely towards 2018 Thousand Guineas

Outside barrier ok for D’Argento in 2018 Ladbrokes Stakes