Futurity Stakes Runner-By-Runner Guide
The Futurity Stakes pits some quality gallopers up against one another and we take a look at the Futurity Stakes horses.
Here is our runner-by-runner look at the Futurity Stakes horses.
2021 Futurity Stakes Horses
1. BEHEMOTH $3.20
The South Australian galloper comes in with some similar form as to when he took out the Memsie Stakes (1400m) in the spring and is one of the key chances in what shapes as one of the better editions of the Futurity Stakes in recent times. The David Jolly-trained galloper was a comfortable three-length winner ahead of Kempalpasa in the Durbridge Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville on January 30. He took out the Spring Stakes (1200m) at that track in the spring before his success in the Memsie and then the Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m). With Damien Oliver on board from barrier 2, he is the one to beat.
2. STREETS OF AVALON $11
Streets Of Avalon will be out to become the first back-to-back winner of this race since Niconero achieved that feat in 2008/2009. The Shane Nichols-trained galloper capitalised on a leader dominated track last year to defeat Super Seth but has proved that was not a fluke with his recent success in the CF Orr Stakes (1400m). He will settle in the first few and we can expect him to be in the thick of the action for a long way.
3. MR QUICKIE $14
The Phillip Stokes-trained galloper has produced some excellent performances over the 1400m-1600m distance range in the past and is not to be discounted at his first run back from a spell. At his last campaign he was runner-up behind Behemoth in the Memsie Stakes before winning the Toorak Handicap (1600m) by two lengths when carrying 59kg at his third run. A top three contender.
4. SO SI BON $67
The Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes-trained galloper can pull off the odd surprise run but is a tier to two below the best in this race. He resumed with a 5th in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) last spring and was 3rd in the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington but a top three finish would surprise.
5. TOO CLOSE THE SUN $71
Too Close The Sun comes back over from Perth after a successful summer campaign that saw him win the Ascot Gold Cup (1800m) before placing behind Inspirational Girl in the Railway Stakes (1600m). He has drawn well enough in barrier 3 but this is a hot Futurity and it is hard to see him being a threat to some of the favoured runners. Wait for him over longer ground.
6. ARCADIA QUEEN $6.50
One of the stars of the Melbourne spring, Arcadia Queen took out the Caulfield Stakes (2000m) and the Mackinnon Stakes (1400m). She was a bit sluggish at her first run when missing out in the Lawrence Stakes (1400m) and will need to improve on that first up performance. Expect her to be running on with her best to come over longer distances later on.
7. PROBABEEL $3.60
Probabeel stepped out at the recent CF Orr Stakes meeting and raced against the mares in Group 3 company, oozing class to defeat Paul’s Regret. She gets back to Group 1 level and looks up to the task. The Kiwi galloper was a second up winner in the spring before claiming the Epsom Handicap (1600m). With luck in running from barrier 9 she is a definite winning chance.
8. OLE KIRK $7
Ole Kirk missed out as favourite in the Inglis 3YO Sprint (1200m) at Randwick when resuming but got back in that race and was doing his best work late. We can expect him to improve on that effort and the only time he visited Caulfield was last spring when he took out the Caulfield Guineas (1600m). Might just need one more run and a fraction longer but will push for a top three finish.
9. AMISH BOY $26
One of the three-year-olds in the field, Amish Boy was four lengths behind Ole Kirk in the Caulfield Guineas last year and has had two runs this time in, finishing runner-up in both the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) and the Autumn Stakes (1400m). He will need to improve on those efforts to be a factor in this race and has drawn awkwardly in barrier 10.
10. CROSSHAVEN $13
Crosshaven stepped out in the recent Orr Stakes and filled the placings behind Streets Of Avalon. He was just under three lengths to make up on that horse and improved last time when second up to take out the Exford Plate at Flemington before winning the Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) at the track and distance.