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An absolutely sensational field of stars take to the Caulfield track on Blue Diamond Stakes Day this Saturday for the 2021 Futurity Stakes, betting for which is led by multiple Group 1 winner at the track and distance Behemoth.
In what is shaping-up as one of the best editions of the weight-for-age event in recent history, Saturday’s Group 1 $500,000 Futurity Stakes (1400m) field features 10 runners including a host of proven elite level performers.
The standout of those is the David Jolly-trained All Too Hard five-year-old from Goolwa who completed the Group 1 Memsie Stakes – Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes double over the 1400m at Caulfield last campaign.
He did that off a lead-up win at home at Morphettville and comes via the same form line this autumn having saluted fresh in Adelaide on January 30 by three lengths in a Listed 1100m sprint.
Second-up and fitter for the run, the gun gelding will relish the step-up to 1400m and sits top of the latest Futurity Stakes odds at $3.20 through Ladbrokes.com.au after drawing gate two.
The danger occupying the second line of Futurity Stakes betting at a close $3.60 is another fit runner coming off a lead-up win in Jamie Richards’ New Zealand-trained mare Probabeel.
Jumping wider from barrier nine with Damian Lane in the saddle, the talented Savabeel four-year-old carried 60kg to victory with the same hoop aboard on February 6 in the Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
She comes back to 57kg for the Futurity with a run at the track under her belt, and is another with a gun 1400m record (5:3-1-0) and a spring Group 1 success on the record with her win in Randwick’s Epsom Handicap (1600m) last October.
The early Futurity Stakes market mover into $6 to salute fresh is another star mare in the Grant & Alana Williams-trained Arcadia Queen.
She jumps one on the inside of Probabeel with brilliant Perth hoop William Pike aboard, the Pierro five-year-old having her first start since taking out Flemington’s Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Arcadia Queen is definitely a genuine 2000m mare having also won the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes here over that distance in the spring, but she looked strong in a recent trial at home and is an excellent first-up performer with claims.
The last of the single-figure hopefuls in the Futurity this season at $7 is the youngster in the mix, the rails-drawn Ole Kirk for Hawkes Racing.
The three-year-old Written Tycoon colt won Sydney’s Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) as well as the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne in the spring and presents second-up and ready to fire on the weekend.
First-up at the start of the month at Randwick he was under a length beaten for third in the $1 million Inglis Sprint (1200m) and he presents as a livewire chance south of the border at WFA.
The other horse of note chasing a hat-trick of wins is the reigning Futurity Stakes champion Streets Of Avalon at $11 to go back-to-back in the race for the first time since Niconero (2008-09).
Shane Nichols’ smart Magnus six-year-old has his 55th career start on Saturday and comes off a sensational start to the year having won the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) first-up at The Valley and then the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
2021 Futurity Stakes Field & Barriers
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||x14x1110x1||BEHEMOTH||David Jolly||Damien Oliver||2||59kg||114|
|2||7050984×11||STREETS OF AVALON||Shane Nichols||Zac Spain||7||59kg||110|
|3||902x27106x||MR QUICKIE||Phillip Stokes||Ms Jamie Kah||4||59kg||111|
|4||453973410x||SO SI BON||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||Luke Nolen||5||59kg||107|
|5||1110x2124x||TOO CLOSE THE SUN||Lindsey Smith||Declan Bates||3||59kg||101|
|6||05x523151x||ARCADIA QUEEN||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||8||57kg||115|
|7||228x2117x1||PROBABEEL (NZ)||Jamie Richards||D Lane||9||57kg||112|
|8||343x2211x3||OLE KIRK||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Kerrin McEvoy||1||55.5kg||109|
|9||13x226x822||AMISH BOY||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jye McNeil||10||55.5kg||88|
|10||11x61141x3||CROSSHAVEN||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||Daniel Stackhouse||6||55.5kg||102|
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