Futurity Stakes

The Futurity Stakes is a Group 1 WFA race run at Caulfield on Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day a fortnight after the CF Orr Stakes.

2018 Futurity Stakes Results

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



The Futurity Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held at Caulfield Racecourse in late February on Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day each Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

Run over a middle sprint distance of 1400m, the country’s best sprinters and milers compete for a chance to win $500,000 in prize money.

The Futurity Stakes makes up the first leg of the Asian Mile Challenge, which is a four race international series worth $12.5 million. The Futurity Stakes is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the Japan Racing Association, the Melbourne Racing Club and the Dubai Racing Club.

There are three Group 1 races held at the meeting with the Futurity Stakes joined by the Group 1 $1.5 million Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) – Victoria’s premier race for two-year-olds – and the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) for sprinters.

Many horses in the Futurity Stakes field come off an earlier autumn run at Caulfield a fortnight earlier in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m). Recent horses to complete the CF Orr – Futurity Stakes double include Black Heart Bart (2017), Moment Of Change (2014) and All Too Hard (2013).

The 2018 Futurity Stakes ran on Saturday February 24, 2018 at Caulfield Racecourse and was won by the favourite Brave Smash over stablemate Tosen Stardom for Darren Weir.

Futurity Stakes 2018
Date: Saturday February 24, 2018
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Weight-For- Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000

2018 Futurity Stakes Results

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

Check out the official Futurity Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order below, following the link to read more on the late win by the favourite Brave Smash who got the gap late to charge home ahead of the fellow Darren Weir-trained Tosen Stardom. Team Hawkes’ gun three-year-old Showtime held for third to round out the Futurity Stakes trifecta only a length beaten by the older horses at weight-for-age.

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

2018 Futurity Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #3 Brave Smash
  • 2nd: #6 Mr Sneaky
  • 3rd: #11 Showtime

View our complete 2018 Futurity Stakes Betting Tips.

2018 Futurity Stakes Form Guide

Check out our comprehensive Futurity Stakes 2018 Form Guide & Betting Preview.

2018 Futurity Stakes Odds

The latest Futurity Stakes 2018 betting odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as markets on the Group 1 on Blue Diamond Stakes Day are released.

2018 Futurity Stakes Field

The Futurity Stakes field attracts a similar line-up of weight-for-age autumn hopefuls as the CF Orr Stakes contested at the same track and distance a fortnight earlier. Horses may back-up from the Futurity Stakes field later in the autumn and contest the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington, a double completed by Niconero in 2009.

The 2018 Futurity Stakes field and barrier draw will be published below on the Wednesday before the race.

The official Futurity Stakes 2018 Final Field attracted just 11 hopefuls including the Darren Weir-trained trio of Brave Smash, Humidor and Tosen Stardom. Mighty Boss is the other standout in the Futurity Stakes field for 2018, Mick Price’s three-year-old racing in the event second-up before a quick back-up into the Australian Cup at Flemington over a mile Saturday week.

Read more on the 2018 Futurity Stakes Field Led by the Darren Weir Trio.

# 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 2018 Futurity Stakes nominations will be published here on the Monday before Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

The official Futurity Stakes 2018 Nominations have been extended until Tuesday morning after early entries attracted 14 weight-for-age hopefuls. Among the current Futurity Stakes nominated horses are three for last year’s winning trainer Darren Weir: the returning Humidor, dual Group 1 winner Tosen Stardom and the early favourite Brave Smash coming off a lead-up third in the CF Orr Stakes.

Read more on the Brave Smash-led 2018 Futurity Stakes Nominations.

Futurity Stakes History

Founded in 1897, the Futurity Stakes was first won by Resolute and has so far featured several champion horses including three time winner Ajax with victories in the 1938 to 1940 Futurity Stakes races. Racing legend Manikato managed one step better by winning the race four times in 1979 to 1981 and again in 1983. Prior to 2006, the Futurity Stakes was a 1400m race which was also held over 1800m in 1979.

The Futurity Stakes results dating back to 2000 are listed in the table below to help with your Futurity Stakes betting selections this season.

Recent Futurity Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Futurity Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Futurity Stakes
1st Brave Smash 1 minute 23.16 seconds
2nd Tosen Stardom
3rd Showtime
2017
Futurity Stakes
1st Black Heart Bart 1 minute 22.96 seconds
2nd Tosen Stardom
3rd Ecuador
2016
Futurity Stakes
1st Turn Me Loose 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Stratum Star
3rd Suavito
2015
Futurity Stakes
1st Suavito 1 minute 23.1 seconds
2nd Smokin’ Joey
3rd Dissident
2014
Futurity Stakes
1st Moment Of Change 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Sertorius
3rd Pinwheel
2013
Futurity Stakes
1st All Too Hard 1 minute 23 seconds
2nd Glass Harmonium
3rd King Mufhasa
2012
Futurity Stakes
1st King Mufhasa 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Pinker Pinker
3rd Adamantium
2011
Futurity Stakes
1st More Joyous 1 minute 21.7 seconds
2nd Whobegotyou
3rd Dao Dao
2010
Futurity Stakes
1st Typhoon Tracy 1 minute 34.43 seconds
2nd Dao Dao
3rd Sniper’s Bullet
2009
Futurity Stakes
1st Niconero 1 minute 36.4 seconds
2nd Light Fantastic
3rd Alamosa
2008
Futurity Stakes
1st Niconero 1 minute 34.8 seconds
2nd Cargo Cult
3rd Miss Finland
2007
Futurity Stakes
1st Aqua Damore 1 minute 35.7 seconds
2nd Seachange
3rd El Segundo
2006
Futurity Stakes
1st Fields Of Omagh 1 minute 34.2 seconds
2nd Red Dazzler
3rd Rosden
2005
Futurity Stakes
1st Regal Roller 1 minute 24.6 seconds
2nd Super Elegant
3rd Modem
2004
Futurity Stakes
1st Reset 1 minute 23.7 seconds
2nd Vocabulary
3rd Yell
2003
Futurity Stakes
1st Yell 1 minute 21.9 seconds
2nd Innovation Girl
3rd Roman Arch
2002
Futurity Stakes
1st Dash For Cash 1 minute 23 seconds
2nd Chattanooga
3rd Aquiver
2001
Futurity Stakes
1st Desert Sky (DH) 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Mr Murphy (DH)
3rd Porto Roca
2000
Futurity Stakes
1st Testa Rossa 1 minute 23.7 seconds
2nd Miss Pennymoney
3rd Redoutes Choice

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