Resuming in the G2 Australia Stakes at The Valley, Brave Smash was heavily supported to start favourite, a quote that appeared justified after his win at The Valley in the Listed Chandler Macleod and then late closing 3rd to Redzel in the Everest. After a disappointing run when finishing second-last, Weir set the 5YO entire for the Orr Stakes. With John Allen up in the Orr, the Irishman had the Japanese import settled near the rear and coming with a powerful sprint was able to grab third in a blanket finish when only a long neck from the winner Hartnell. The Orr is the first time that Weir has stepped Brave Smash out beyond 1200m and the strength of that run suggests with the added fitness he will be ready to peak at the trip for the Futurity. From 3 starts at Caulfield, the entire is yet to miss a place
The Waller trained mare was officially listed as finishing 10th of the 13 runners in the CF Orr when resuming. Despite this number, she was within 2.3 lengths of the winner, such was the busy finish to the race. Her Spring was rounded out with victory in the G1 Cantala Stakes at Flemington when settling close to the speed she was able to sprint sharply to score by a long-neck on the line over Tom Melbourne. Shillelagh has a strong second-up record that shows the figures of 5: 3-0-1 with two of those wins coming at 1400m, meaning both career wins at 1400m have been when 2 runs into her prep. In the Spring the mare was second-up in the G2 Tristarc when finishing under one length from the winner Global Glamour with Joao Moreira up. Her Orr run was enough to suggest she will be much sharper second-up and her last 800m was the best in the field.
Three-year-olds went through a golden era in this race winning each renewal from 2000-2004 including a pair of dead-heating 3YO’s in 2001. However since that period the only winner of that age bracket has been All Too Hard. Mighty Boss will be looking to join that list as he takes on the older horses for the second time this prep at what will also be his second run back. Resuming in the CF Orr, the chestnut had a luckless passage and was within one length of the winner on the line. During the Spring the colt was being aimed towards the Caulfield Guineas and the preparation was inch perfect as Price had the colt finish strongly over the top of the field to secure the G1 stallion making race at big odds by defeating Kementari. His only second-up run resulted in a 2nd place and from gate 3 should find a good position in transit.
The second of the Australian Bloodstock and Darren Weir runners chases his 3rd Australian win which would also be his 3rd G1. His return run in the Orr is a forgive run, where he started from the widest gate burnt some petrol to find position and finished 2.5 lengths from the winner Hartnell. This will be the second year that he has attacked this race following the narrowest of 2nd place runs in 2017 when finishing just behind Black Heart Bart. He was first-up in the Futurity last year and will have the benefit of his luckless Orr run under the girth this year. During the Spring he showcased his ability at the middle distance with victories in the Toorak Handicap and the Mackinnon. His Caulfield record shows 6: 1-1-1 and second up is 7: 2-1-1. If there is a risk, it is the fact that he has not won below a mile in his career.
Held each year on Blue Diamond Stakes Day is the Group 1 Futurity Stakes, one of the premier races of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. The Futurity Stakes is a weight-for-age event run over 1400m.
The Futurity Stakes is a weight-for-age event that dates back to 1897 and has long been a pivotal event on the Victorian turf calendar.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2018 is $500,000 with the winner to receive $300,000. The 2017 winner was the Darren Weir trained Black heart Bart ridden by Brad Rawiller. Held over 1400m at Caulfield the race has been won by some of the stars of Australian racing like Phar Lap, Ajax, Gunsynd, Schillaci and the mighty Manikato who won this race 4 times.
The Futurity Stakes forms a part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|Date:||Saturday 24th February 2018|
|Race Time:||15:25 AEDT|
|Race Type||Weight for Age 3YO & Upwards|
|2017 Winner:||Black Heart Bart|
|2018 Futurity Stakes Odds|
|2017||Black Heart Bart|
|2016||Turn Me Loose|
|2014||Moment Of Change|
|2013||All To Hard|