Futurity Stakes: What you need to know

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FUTURITY STAKES

1400m, Caulfield, $500,000, weight-for-age

HISTORY

* First run in 1898 when won by Resolute. Group One since 1980.

NOTABLE WINNERS

* Comedy King (1910); Phar Lap (1931); Ajax (1938/39/40); Bernborough (1946); Gunsynd (1972); Manikato (1979/80/81/83); Vo Rogue (1988); Schillaci (1995); Testa Rossa (2000); Fields Of Omagh (2006); Niconero (2008/09); More Joyous (2011); All Too Hard (2013).

TALKING POINTS

* Second 1400m Group One race in two weeks at Caulfield

* Lee Freedman with four winners – Mannerism (1992); Schillaci (1993/95); Mr Murphy (2001) and David Hayes – Primacy (1994); Fields Of Omagh (2006); Niconero (2008/09) – head the modern day trainers.

* Roy Higgins won the race eight times while Damien Oliver has won four with Mannerism (1992); Testa Rossa (2000); Mr Murphy (2001); Suavito (2016).

* Turn Me Loose is chasing his second consecutive win.

* Favourite Black Heart Bart is unbeaten from three starts over the 1400m at Caulfield, including the Group One Memsie and Group One C F Orr this season.

WHAT THE KEY PLAYERS ARE SAYING:

“He’s had three starts over the Caulfield 1400 metres and won them all. So I just think he’s well-placed and he’s the horse to beat, simple as that,” – Black Heart Bart’s jockey Brad Rawiller.

“”He was ridden back first-up but I loved his acceleration until he knocked up. He’s got a good barrier and will grab the race by the scruff of the neck” – co-trainer David Hayes on He’s Our Rokkii.

 

Article from JustHorseRacing.com.au

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