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The Futurity Stakes

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The 1600-metre, Group 1 Futurity Stakes is a weight-for-age race that is held annually every late February or early March at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. Currently, it has a total prize money purse of $500,000.

The Futurity Stakes was first stage in 1897 and the inaugural race was won by Resolute. Throughout the years, this race was won by some of the best race horses which include Ajax that won the race for three consecutive years from 1938 to 1940 while the legendary Manikato this race in 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1983.

The race distance of the Futurity Stakes has changed as well. From 1898 to 1972, the race had a distance of seven furlongs or approximately 1400 metres. From 1973-1978, the race distance was adjusted to exactly 1400 metres. In 1979, the Futurity Stakes was staged over 1800 meters while from 1980-2005, it was brought back to exactly metres. In 2006, its race distance was fixed at 1600 metres for it to be included in the Asian Mile Challenge.

The Asian Mile Challenge is a four-race international series with a total money prize of $12.5 million and it is jointly organized by the Japan Racing Association, the Dubai Racing Club, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Melbourne Racing Club. The Asian Mile Challenge aims to promote horse racing competition between the nations involved. All races that are included in the Asian Mile Challenge have distances of 1600 metres.

The Asian Mile Challenge is open to all horses around the world and the Futurity Stakes is the first leg of the challenge. It is then followed by the Dubai Duty Free at the Nad Al Sheba racecourse in Dubai, the Champions Mile at the Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong and the Yasuda Kinen at the Fuchu racecourse in Japan by June.

Being the first leg of the Asian Mile Challenge, the Futurity Stakes attracts a combination of strong sprinters and great middle distance race horses. Those that will compete in this race have usually come from the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes or the Group 2 St. George Stakes. After the Futurity Stakes, competitors may compete at the Group 1 weight-for-age Australian Cup during the Super Saturday of racing at Flemington.

Some of the famous race horses that have won the Futurity Stakes are Zeditave in 1989, Redelva in 1991, Schillaci in 1993 and 1995, Encounter in 1998, Testa Rossa in 2000 and Fields Of Omagh in 2006. Niconero won back-to-back Futurity Stakes in 2008 and 2009 and he went on to win the 2009 Australia cup after winning this race.

In the 2010 Futurity Stakes, Typhoon Tracy waited on the pace outside then-leader Joku and she doubled her efforts in the straight to claim the lead and pulled away for good to claim the victory. Meanwhile, Dao Dao sat last in the small field and went in the rails during the straight to finish second. Sniper’s Bullet finished third. Prior to winning this event, Typhoon Tracy won the CF Orr Stakes.

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Futurity Stakes Recent History:

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2010 Typhoon Tracy Dao Dao Sniper’s Bullet
2009 Niconero Light Fantastic Alamosa 1:36.4
2008 Niconero Cargo Cult Miss Finland 1:34.8
2007 Aqua Damore Seachange El Segundo 1:35.7
2006 Fields Of Omagh Red Dazzler Rosden 1:34.2
2005 Regal Roller Super Elegant Modem 1:24.6
2004 Reset Vocabulary Yell 1:23.7
2003 Yell Innovation Girl Roman Arch 1:21.9
2002 Dash For Cash Chattanooga Aquiver 1:23.0
2001 Desert Sky Porto Roca Mr Murphy 1:22.8
2000 Testa Rossa Miss Pennymoney Redoutes Choice 1:23.7
1999 Rustic Dream Al Mansour Helm 1:22.1
1998 Encounter Al Mansour Rebel 1:23.5
1997 Mouawad Shame Cut Up Rough 1:23.0
1996 Star Dancer Flying Spur Buzzoff 1:24.0
1995 Schillaci Jeune Spanish Mix 1:23.8
1994 Primacy Deposition Schillaci 1:22.0
1993 Schillaci Excited Angel Hulastrike 1:23.2
1992 Mannerism Planet Ruler Wrap Around 1:23.9
1991 Redelva Bureaucracy Planet Ruler 1:22.6
1990 Ark Regal Lightning Bend Sydeston 1:23.7
1989 Zeditave Jet Fighter Redelva 1:22.4
1988 Vo Rogue Campaign King Rancho Ruler 1:22.2

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