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

No. Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 BEHEMOTH David Jolly Damien Oliver 2 59kg
2 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 7 59kg
3 MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes Ms Jamie Kah 4 59kg
4 SO SI BON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Luke Nolen 5 59kg
5 TOO CLOSE THE SUN Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 3 59kg
6 ARCADIA QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 8 57kg
7 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards D Lane 9 57kg
8 OLE KIRK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Kerrin McEvoy 1 55.5kg
9 AMISH BOY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace TBA 10 55.5kg
10 CROSSHAVEN Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 6 55.5kg