Futurity Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

Futurity Stakes Barrier Draw Behemoth (PA Images)

The Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) barrier draw was announced on Wednesday morning with a field of 10 set to compete at Caulfield on Saturday.

David Jolly’s five-year-old gelding Behemoth was a first up winner in the Listed Durbridge Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville. Last preparation, Behemoth won the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) followed by the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m). Damien Oliver will ride the gelding from barrier two.

The Jamie Richards-trained four-year-old mare Probabeel captured the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick in October. Following that, Probabeel ran seventh in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) before being turned out for a spell. At her first run back, Probabeel won the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) carrying 60kg. She has drawn barrier nine for the Futurity.

Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes train three-year-old colt Ole Kirk who was brilliant winning the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) and Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) last campaign. Ole Kirk was third on February 6 as he finished third in the $1 million Inglis Sprint (1200m) at Randwick. Ole Kirk has drawn barrier one with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.

Western Australian mare Arcadia Queen has gate eight for trainers Grant and Alana Williams. She will be piloted by star jockey William Pike and returns to racing following a dominant victory in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) in November.

Streets Of Avalon, Mr Quickie, So Si Bon, Too Close The Sun, Amish Boy and Crosshaven round out the strong Futurity Stakes field.

2021 Futurity Stakes Barrier Draw and Final Field

1BEHEMOTHDavid JollyDamien Oliver259kg
2STREETS OF AVALONShane NicholsZac Spain759kg
3MR QUICKIEPhillip StokesMs Jamie Kah459kg
4SO SI BONTom Dabernig & Ben HayesLuke Nolen559kg
5TOO CLOSE THE SUNLindsey SmithDeclan Bates359kg
6ARCADIA QUEENGrant & Alana WilliamsWilliam Pike857kg
7PROBABEEL (NZ)Jamie RichardsD Lane957kg
8OLE KIRKMichael, Wayne & John HawkesKerrin McEvoy155.5kg
9AMISH BOYCiaron Maher & David EustaceTBA1055.5kg
10CROSSHAVENTom Dabernig & Ben HayesDaniel Stackhouse655.5kg