2022 Futurity Stakes Field & Betting Update: Tofane vs I’m Thunderstruck

February 23, 2022

2022 Futurity Stakes Field & Betting Update: Tofane vs I’m Thunderstruck

The bookies are tipping the form out of the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes to stack-up on Saturday over the same track and distance with the winning mare Tofane and fifth-placed I’m Thunderstruck heading betting on the 2022 Futurity Stakes.

Tofane (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

CF Orr Stakes winning mare Tofane is one of the top chances in the 2022 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Neds Blue Diamond Stakes Day headlines the Melbourne racing action this weekend with a bumper three Group 1 races taking place including the $750,000 Futurity Stakes (1400m) due to run as Race 6 at 3:45pm (AEDT).

The Futurity Stakes field features just eight runners, betting on the weight-for-age clash at Ladbrokes.com.au led by the Michael Moroney-trained Tofane ($2.90).

Jumping from barrier three with Mark Zahra retaining the ride, the talented Ocean Park six-year-old was impressive first-up a fortnight back dominating the C.F. Orr Stakes with a one and a half-length victory.

She beat 11 rivals of a higher grade than she faces this weekend and presents fitter second-up with conditions to suit again on Saturday.

A genuine 1400m star (6:4-1-1), Tofane is the deserving and hard to beat favourite as she looks to complete the C.F. Orr – Futurity Stakes double for the first time since Black Heart Bart (2017).

Favourites have an excellent record in the Futurity with nine saluting for the punters from 2010-2021, as do the mares with both Alizee ($2.80 in 2019) and Probabeel ($3.50EF in 2021) beating the boys home as the best in betting.

As mentioned, the danger occupying the second line of Futurity Stakes betting at $3.70 is the Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained I’m Thunderstruck looking to turn the tables on his last start conqueror.

Winner of the $7.5 million The Golden Eagle in the spring in Sydney, the Kiwi-bred son of former Melbourne Cup champion Shocking was brave when fifth in the CF Orr results fresh.

He too presents fitter for the run and has previously beaten Tofane at elite level when they ran one-two here at Caulfield in last October’s Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).

Whether he can close the gap staying at 1400m is the query however, but he will get his chance from barrier seven in the small field with Jye McNeil riding once again.

Outside of the dominant duo a further three runners are at single-figure Futurity Stakes odds this autumn including Annabel Neasham’s $5 third elect Mo’unga in gate four who could prove the value.

Jamie Kah partners the gun Savabeel four-year-old who is looking to add to his excellent first-up record (4:3-0-1) and kick off his campaign with an upset.

Another horse with a very nice strike-rate over the 1400m with three wins and a third from four previous runs at the distance, Mo’unga was last seen running third behind stablemate Zaaki at Flemington in November’s Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).

That followed on from a string of frustrating close calls including a Makybe Diva second, Epsom fifth and Cox Plate fourth.

His latest victory saw him defeat subsequent Melbourne Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant home when resuming last August in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) in Sydney, form Neasham is hoping the horse can replicate south of the border this weekend.

The rails-drawn Sierra Sue ($9) coming off a fourth in the CF Orr and early market mover Turaath ($9.50) one wider in two for trainer Maddie Raymond round out the hopes under $10 for the win.

This year’s Futurity Stakes winner automatically qualifies for a run in the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m) held back at its inaugural home of Flemington on March 19.

I’m Thunderstruck is already in having been among the Top 10 vote-getters, while connections of Tofane will give serious thought to the world’s richest mile race should she salute for the punters on Saturday.

Click here to view the latest 2022 Futurity Stakes betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2022 Futurity Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x1311311x5 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 7 59kg 112
2 x2875483x5 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Brett Prebble 6 59kg 108
3 107x12543x MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Ms Jamie Kah 4 59kg 112
4 211x3427x1 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 3 57kg 115
5 04117100×4 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 1 57kg 110
6 x321111x53 TURAATH (GB) Maddie Raymond Damian Lane 2 57kg 102
7 361110×4 EXTREME FLIGHT Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Thornton 5 55.5kg 82
8 14x46129x7 MR MOZART Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Oliver 8 55.5kg 83

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

 

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