2024 Futurity Stakes Field & Betting Update: Mr Brightside Odds-On Favourite

February 23, 2024

2024 Futurity Stakes Field & Betting Update: Mr Brightside Odds-On Favourite

Mr Brightside is expected to keep the Group 1 wins coming with Lindsay Park’s heroic weight-for-age champion the deserved odds-on pick in Futurity Stakes 2024 betting at Caulfield.

2024 CF Orr Stakes winner Mr Brightside

2024 CF Orr Stakes winner Mr Brightside is tipped to keep the Group 1 wins coming in the Futurity Stakes on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The mile maestro was last seen saluting at the track and distance when denying Pride Of Jenni a victory after a thrilling battle in the CF Orr a fortnight ago.

He returns now second-up and fitter for his narrow victory fresh ready to dominate the Group 1 $750,000 Futurity Stakes (1400m) on Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

The six-year-old son of Bullbars has a brilliant 1400m Caulfield strike-rate being undefeated over the course and distance (4:4-0-0).

He was runner-up to Alligator Blood in the race last year when it ran at Sandown, but has been enormous since posting a host of elite victories including completing the All-Star Mile – Doncaster Mile double that prep.

The Futurity in 2024 gives Mr Brightside a chance for a sixth Group 1 victory before a title defence in the All-Star Mile.

Craig Williams continues associations on the marvel from a favourable barrier five draw, and the latest Futurity Stakes odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au have him at a short $1.55 for the win.

Black Heart Bart (2017) was the last galloper to complete the CF Orr – Futurity Stakes double in the same year, and Mr Brightside ticks plenty of boxes to suggest he can be the next.

Mr Brightside is out to be the first horse to do the CF Orr – Futurity double in the same year since Black Heart Bart in 2017

One of his brave rivals joins him under $10 in the markets with the only real danger according to the bookies being Attrition at $8.50 first-up.

The Mitchell Freedman-trained Churchill four-year-old is lightly raced having just his 11th start on the weekend and was last seen winning the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) here by a nostril flare back in mid-October.

The early Futurity Stakes market mover meanwhile is the Godolphin-raced Pericles who has firmed in from $13 to $10 after drawing barrier one for jockey Jamie Kah.

The four-year-old son of Street Boss chases his first win since Randwick’s Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) last September, after which he ran placings in both the Silver Eagle (3rd) and $10 million Golden Eagle (2nd).

Fresh he lined-up in the Orr and ran sixth when four lengths off Mr Brightside who he is hoping to finish closer to second-up.

The Ciaron Maher-trained Nugget is also at a current quote of $10 to score an upset Futurity Stakes win first-up.

The seven-year-old has plenty of form against Mr Brightside including his Doncaster Mile third, and he was last seen running a brave fourth behind Fangirl in the $5 million King Charles III Stakes (1600m) at Randwick in the spring where Mr Brightside finished runner-up.

The Futurity Stakes 2024 is set to run as Caulfield Race 7 at 3:40pm (AEDT) as one of three Group 1s on the card with full markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available by clicking here.

2024 Futurity Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x111222x1 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 5 59kg 118
2 292x1132x6 PERICLES James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 1 59kg 108
3 7x128x3017 MUNHAMEK (GB) Nick Ryan Blake Shinn 4 59kg 106
4 1823x2319x DOM TO SHOOT Sean & Jake Casey Damian Lane 6 59kg 110
5 13553x404x NUGGET (GB) Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 2 59kg 105
6 x901410x33 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Ms Celine Gaudray (a) 7 59kg 105
7 1152x5201x ATTRITION Mitchell Freedman Ben Melham 8 59kg 108
8 6086×1145 HEY FAT CAT Robbie Laing Jordan Childs 3 55.5kg 71

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 


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