The time-honoured Futurity Stakes, now worth $750,000, is the second of three Group 1’s to be held at Sandown Lakeside Racecourse on Saturday. Superstar sprinters, milers and even some of the country’s greatest stayers have taken out the 1400m we...
In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the Futurity Stakes:
|Date||Saturday, 25th February, 2023|
|Racecourse||Caulfield Racecourse, VIC, Australia|
The Futurity Stakes is a Group 1 race which takes place each year in February. The race in 2023 will be held on Saturday 25th of February at Caulfield Racecourse. Looking back to the race in 2022, it was won by Sierra Sue.
The Futurity Stakes is a time honoured event having first been run in 1898. It has almost exclusively been run at Caulfield Racecourse barring during World War II when the Melbourne Racing Club donated the club to the war effort and the race was run at Flemington and likewise during the 1996 track renovation.
In 2006 to 2010, the race was run over a mile as it formed part of the Asian Mile Challenge but has since reverted to its traditional seven furlong or 1400m distance.
Being run in the late Summer heading towards Autumn and over 1400m, the winner’s list is adorned with an array of Australian turf superstars who have contested the race at various stages of their campaign.
Arguably our greatest ever sprinter, Manikato was able to stretch out to the 1400m trip and claim the race 4 times in 5 years between 1979 and 1983. One of the great milers of all time, Gunsynd was successful in the race in 1972, so too was two time Cox Plate winner Fields of Omagh in 2006, whilst Melbourne Cup winner and influential sire Comedy King was successful in 1910.
But without doubt, it is the great Phar Lap who takes pride of place on the honour roll after he took out the event in his four year old season which still stands as the greatest single twelve month period of a horse’s career in Australian racing, and one that will in all likelihood never be matched.
The Futurity Stakes is an Australian Group 1 held at Caulfield Racecourse, it is one of the first major races in the calendar year. The $750,000 prizemoney attached to it means the race successfully brings some of the best horses from across the country to Melbourne, whilst also attracting many Aussies, just like us, who like to have a casual punt. Our expert racing tipsters will put together a short list of Futurity Stakes tips closer to race time, so make sure you keep a look out for them!
Given nominations are yet to be accepted for the 2023 Futurity Stakes, it is hard for the team to provide any updates in relation to our tips at this time. However, as the new racing season starts to kick into gear, the horses that are targeting this race will become clearer and then we will give you the updates you’ve been craving. If you are after Futurity Stakes horse tips, then we will keep you informed with which horses are likely to run, so you can place your futures bets with a lot more confidence!
When looking for Futurity Stakes tips, we have provided some key factors to success in the betting section below. We will list The Sharks’ Futurity Stakes best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for the Futurity Stakes in 2023 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Futurity Stakes is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2023 Futurity Stakes.
Stay tuned as we will list all our tips below closer to the race.
There are a lot of important factors to consider before betting on the Futurity Stakes. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Is Previous Futurity Stakes Form a Good Indicator of Future Success?
Being a Group 1 weight for age event that is held on the doorstep of the Autumn carnival, it is sure to attract a quality field and one only has to take a look at the race’s honour roll to know it has been won by many turf superstars over the years which is a good indication that if you are successful in winning the Futurity Stakes, you are a good chance of future success.
In 2006, Fields of Omagh won the race before going on to claim his second Cox Plate that Spring. Other recent examples include 2013 winner and now prominent stallion All Too Hard who would win the race after taking out the C.F Orr, then go on to claim the Group 1 All Ages Stakes at his next start, whilst 2011 winner, bonny mare More Joyous, would go on to win the G1 Queen of Elizabeth Stakes two starts later.
Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Futurity Stakes?
Favourites have won eight of the last 21 runnings of the Futurity Stakes telling us that this is a strong race to invest upon the favourite in.
Formlines from Lead Up Races
Being a 1400m race run in late Summer, the field attracts a mixed field generally made up of sprinters stretching out in trip or middle distance horses early on in their preparations.
Of the winners between 2010 to 2021, all but four have been last start winners whilst five horses have completed the C.F. Orr/ Futurity Stakes double since 2003.
The race is traditionally won by male horses between 4yo and 7yo with particular emphasis on horses in the 5 to 6 year old bracket. Sierra Sue continued the trend in 2022, as the 5yo won the race.
The race is run under weight for age conditions.
Male horses have dominated this race traditionally particularly in recent years with 7 of the last 10 winners being entires or geldings. Although Sierra Sue, a mare, managed to beat out all the competition in 2022.
Our Futurity Stakes best bets for 2023 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.
You will find our best bets below once available. Stay tuned!
Well before the official Futurity Stakes field is announced – many bookies will open early markets, or all-in markets, for Futurity Stakes betting. This is probably the best time to bet on your favourite horse, as you might be able to bet on strong runners for the 2023 Futurity Stakes at really decent odds.
Once the bookies release their 2023 Futurity Stakes odds, they will tend to fluctuate pretty much day-by-day in the lead up to race day, especially when we have a better idea of the group of horses that will be aiming to run in this race.
Punting early on these markets means you could find the favourite at double digit odds or more, which means if your chosen horse does go on to win, you will get a much higher return! However, there is increased risk with doing this and you should be well aware.
Depending on when you put your 2023 Futurity Stakes futures bet on, your horse may not even run but you unfortunately also won’t get your money back, occurring when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the starting date. If you are betting when it says ‘Before Noms’, then you have the safety of receiving your money back if your horse doesn’t run.
The 2023 Futurity Stakes odds are out, and there are two equal favourites at the moment; Alligator Blood along with Jacquinot. Here are the current odds, courtesy of Neds, as of early-February:
|I Wish I Win||$11|
As has been typical of this race’s history, the Futurity Stakes attracted a small, yet high quality field in 2022. Headlined by favourite, Tofane, who had just won the Group 1, CF Orr Stakes, prior to contesting the Futurity Stakes.
Im Thunderstruck was another one of the top quality horses to contest the Futurity Stakes, and with over $5 million in prizemoney, mostly thanks to the Golden Eagle win, he was deservedly one of the runner who was under double digit odds.
In the end, it was Sierra Sue, at double digit odds, that took out the Futurity Stakes. She was already a Group 1 winner, previously winning the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in 2021, before winning the Futurity Stakes.
With just a field of eight for the 2022 Futurity Stakes, it was a fairly open race, as four runners were listed at under double digit odds. In fact, it was Tofane that started out as favourite, with Mo’unga on the second line of betting.
Unfortunately for the punters who like to bet on the favourite, Tofane, was not victorious in this race. It was instead $14 priced long shot, Sierra Sue, who got the job done. She started from barrier 1, but still managed to get a clear run in the small field.
Sierra Sue was 4th at the 800m mark, and 3rd at the 400m mark, and ended up proving too good for Mo’unga, who finished in 2nd by 1.25L and Tofane, who finished in 3rd by 2L.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2022 Futurity Stakes race:
The results for the upcoming Futurity Stakes are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2021||Probabeel||Arcadia Queen||Mr Quickie|
|2020||Streets Of Avalon||Super Seth||Melody Belle|
|2018||Brave Smash||Tosen Stardom||Showtime|
|2017||Black Heart Bart||Tosen Stardom||Ecuador|
|2016||Turn Me Loose||Stratum Star||Suavito|
|2014||Moment Of Change||Sertorius||Pinwheel|
|2013||All Too Hard||Glass Harmonium||King Mufhasa|
|2012||King Mufhasa||Pinker Pinker||Adamantium|
|2011||More Joyous||Whobegotyou||Dao Dao|
|2010||Typhoon Tracy||Dao Dao||Sniper’s Bullet|