Futurity Stakes

The $750,000 Futurity Stakes is a Group 1 WFA race run on Blue Diamond Stakes Day a fortnight after the CF Orr Stakes.

2024 Futurity Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Mr Brightside
  • 2nd: #2 Pericles
  • 3rd: #6 Buffalo River



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

*In 2023 the Blue Diamond Stakes Day program ran Sandown’s Ladbrokes Park Lakeside course. 

Run over a middle sprint distance of 1400m, the country’s best sprinters and milers compete for a chance to win $750,000 in prize money.

There are three Group 1 races held at the meeting with the Futurity Stakes joined by the Group 1 $2 million 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).

Mr Brightside (2024) was the last horse to complete the CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double.

In 2022 Tofane won the CF Orr Stakes before a third in that year’s Futurity Stakes results.

The Futurity Stakes winner is now also granted entry into the Special Condition The All-Star Mile (1600m).

The 2022 Futurity Stakes form was franked with the runner-up Mo’unga returning in the spring to run top three in a host of other Group 1 events including the Makybe Diva Stakes (3rd), Underwood Stakes (2nd) and VRC Champions Stakes (2nd).

In 2023 the Futurity Stakes winner Alligator Blood ran a next-up fourth in The All-Star Mile results. He also returned that spring for a huge campaign that included winning the Underwood Stakes – Caulfield Stakes double.

The 2023 Futurity form was firmly franked by the runner-up Mr Brightside who won the All-Star Mile and Doncaster Mile at his next two starts that campaign.

The 2024 Futurity Stakes ran on Saturday February 24th, 2024 at Caulfield Racecourse with Mr Brightside ($1.50F) celebrating his sixth career Group 1 at his pet track and distance with a dominant display. 

Futurity Stakes 2024
Date: Saturday February 24th, 2024
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Weight-For- Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $750,000

2024 Futurity Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Mr Brightside ($1.50F)
  • 2nd: #2 Pericles
  • 3rd: #6 Buffalo River

The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained marvel Mr Brightside ($1.50F) was far too good late coming home strongly to run past his rivals and salute as the odds-on favourite in the Futurity Stakes 2024 results on way to a title defence in the All-Star Mile back at the track.

Click here to read more on the powerhouse performance by Mr Brightside in the 2024 Futurity Stakes.

2024 Futurity Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 5 59kg $1.50F
2 2 PERICLES James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 1.5L 1 59kg $9.50
3 6 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Ms Celine Gaudray (a) 2.75L 7 59kg $11
4 4 DOM TO SHOOT Sean & Jake Casey Damian Lane 3.15L 6 59kg $31
5 8 HEY FAT CAT Robbie Laing Jordan Childs 3.65L 3 55.5kg $26
6 3 MUNHAMEK (GB) Nick Ryan Blake Shinn 3.85L 4 59kg $41
7 5 NUGGET (GB) Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 4.6L 2 59kg $10
8 7 ATTRITION Mitchell Freedman Ben Melham 7.6L 8 59kg $10

 

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Futurity Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Futurity Stakes 2024 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.

The latest favourites in Futurity Stakes betting to win are Alizee ($2.80 in 2019), fellow mare Probabeel ($3.50EF in 2021), Alligator Blood ($2.80 in 2023), and Mr Brightside ($1.50 in 2024).

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2024 Futurity Stakes Form Guide

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2024 Futurity Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our exclusive Futurity Stakes 2024 Tips on the popular Group 1 event this Blue Diamond Day.

  • To Win: #1 Mr Brightside ($1.45 at time of publish) – BET NOW

While backing Mr Brightside in the Futurity might not land you a big payoff, victory seems almost inevitable for the weight-for-age champion from Lindsay Park. His recent triumph in the CF Orr at this very track and distance showcased his determination, as he narrowly fended off Pride Of Jenni in a heart-stopping finish. Now even sharper and enjoying a favourable gate five in this relatively weak eight-horse field, Mr Brightside has a golden opportunity to extend his winning streak. With Craig Williams back in the saddle, expect another masterclass ride. This may not be a value bet, but dismissing Mr Brightside at your peril.

2024 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 2024 Futurity Stakes field and barrier draw will be published below on the Wednesday before the race.

Mr Brightside, chasing his sixth Group 1 success on way to an All-Star Mile title defence, is odds-on favourite in the small 2024 Futurity Stakes final field.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2024 Futurity Stakes field and betting markets.

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 3 55.5kg 71

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Futurity Stakes Nominations

The 2024 Futurity Stakes nominations will be published here on the Monday before Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

The Futurity Stakes 2024 nominations attracted only seven entries, with the spotlight firmly on Lindsay Park’s champion Mr Brightside. Fresh off his heart-stopping victory in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes at the same track and distance, he’s the clear favourite despite the early stage of the season. While the lack of contenders might raise eyebrows, Mr Brightside’s early dominance sets the stage for an intriguing battle in the weight-for-age showdown.

Nominations extended until 10:00am (AEDT) – 20/02/2024

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1152x5201x ATTRITION H 4 Mitchell Freedman 108
2 x901410x33 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 8 Michael Moroney 105
3 1823x2319x DOM TO SHOOT G 6 Sean & Jake Casey 110
4 1x111222x1 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 118
5 7x128x3017 MUNHAMEK (GB) G 8 Nick Ryan 106
6 13553x404x NUGGET (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher 105
7 292x1132x6 PERICLES G 4 James Cummings 108

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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.

In 2023 the Futurity Stakes ran at Sandown with Caulfield undergoing renovations.

Recent Futurity Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Futurity Stakes
1st Mr Brightside 1 minute 22.54 seconds
2nd Pericles
3rd Buffalo River
2023
Futurity Stakes
1st Alligator Blood 1 minute 23.13 seconds
2nd Mr Brightside
3rd I’m Thunderstruck
2022
Futurity Stakes
1st Sierra Sue 1 minute 22.36 seconds
2nd Mo’unga
3rd Tofane
2021
Futurity Stakes
1st Probabeel 1 minute 22.76 seconds
2nd Arcadia Queen
3rd Mr Quickie
2020
Futurity Stakes
1st Streets Of Avalon 1 minute 21.90 seconds
2nd Super Seth
3rd Melody Belle
2019
Futurity Stakes
1st Alizee 1 minute 22.48 seconds
2nd Malaguerra
3rd Hartnell
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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