2017 Futurity Stakes Betting: Black Heart Bart Odds-On

February 23, 2017

2017 Futurity Stakes Betting: Black Heart Bart Odds-On

Black Heart Bart is being backed like a sure thing in Futurity Stakes 2017 betting for this weekend in Melbourne, the Darren Weir-trained champion at an odds-on price to post his fifth Group 1 win.

Black Heart Bart

Four-time Group 1 winner Black Heart Bart will take some beating in Saturday’s Futurity Stakes 2017 at Caulfield Racecourse. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

One of the highlights on the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day card, Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) features just nine runners led by the Darren Weir-trained Perth expat.

Six-year-old Black Heart Bart put the writing on the wall second-up on February 11 saluting at the same track and distance with a gutsy win in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m).

The Blackfriars gelding saluted for the punters that day at odds of $3.70 and is now the very short-priced favourite in the Futurity Stakes odds paying $1.80 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Favourites have won five of the past seven editions of the Futurity Stakes, while the CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double was last achieved by Moment Of Change (2014).

Since joining the record-breaking Victorian stables of Weir from WA, Black Heart Bart has enjoyed four Group 1 victories and five seconds in elite level company.

It is an imposing record and one that explains the odds-on price for Saturday.

Black Heart Bart is out to be the sixth Futurity Stakes favourite in eight years to win

Jockey Brad Rawiller retains the ride on Black Heart Bart in the Futurity Stakes field and is full of pre-race confidence.

“He’s had three starts over the Caulfield 1400 metres and won them all,” Rawiller told AAP.

“So I just think he’s well-placed and he’s the horse to beat, simple as that.

“He hasn’t gone backwards. He’s coming along beautifully and he’s going to run a great race again on the weekend.

“I just go into the weekend very confident.”

Two other Futurity Stakes runners are under double-figures to score an upset with the defending champion Turn Me Loose ($7) and the fellow Weir-trained Palentino ($7.50).

Murray Baker’s Kiwi raider Turn Me Loose won the Futurity Stakes last Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival off a CF Orr Stakes fourth and ran second to Black Heart Bart in the same lead-up this campaign.

Palentino meanwhile is a four-year-old Teofilo stallion out to improve on the close fourth in the CF Orr Stakes as a $26 roughie when only one and a half-lengths beaten.

He is unplaced in four previous Caulfield runs, but is tipped as the improver getting home late.

The next best in betting are Weir’s Japanese import Tosen Stardom ($11) in barrier two for dual Futurity Stakes winning jockey Craig Williams and stablemate Lucky Hussler ($11).

Williams’ previous Futurity Stakes victories were aboard the David Hayes-trained Niconero (2008-09) who was the last back-to-back winner in the weight-for-age feature.

Check out the latest Futurity Stakes 2017 odds below, betting open now at Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Odds Boost (T&Cs apply).

2017 Futurity Stakes Odds

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