Nine Confirmed in 2017 Futurity Stakes Field

February 22nd, 2017

Nine runners will chase Group 1 glory at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday following this morning’s release of the 2017 Futurity Stakes final field and barrier draw.

Black Heart Bart leads the 2017 Futurity Stakes field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Black Heart Bart leads the 2017 Futurity Stakes field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Black Heart Bart posted his fourth win at the highest level when triumphant in the Group 1 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago and should prove extremely tough to beat on Saturday, after drawing into the Futurity Stakes field in barrier 6.

A former Perth galloper, Black Heart Bart has been a revelation since transferring to the care of leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir and appears as though he is on a course towards further Group 1 success this time.

Breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 21st, the Blackfriars gelding resumed in spring for a smart win in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m).

Running second to stable mate and fellow Futurity Stakes accepter Palentino in the Group 1 Makybe Stakes (1400m), Black Heart Bart responded with another smart win in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) before running second to Winx in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Stakes (2000m).

Returning to the paddock following a lacklustre performance in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), Black Heart Bart resumed this time for second in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m), in what was his only other start prior to the CF Orr Stakes.

Palentino worked home well for fourth in the CF Orr Stakes and has reportedly found peak condition leading into his 2017 Futurity Stakes berth.

Palentino beat a classy field to the line to win his first Group 1 title in the Australian Guineas (1600m) last autumn and returned in spring to finish fourth in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) and fifth in the Memsie Stakes leading into his Makybe Diva Stakes triumph.

While tapering off sharply after that win, the Teofilo entire is at his best third-up and should provide an excellent performance from barrier 7 this weekend.

Weir has dominated the nine-horse Futurity Stakes field, after also confirming Lucky Hussler (barrier 4) and Japanese import Tosen Stardom (barrier 2).

Turn Me Loose worked home well to finish second in the CF Orr Stakes last time out and will jump from the ideal barrier 5 on Saturday, with in-form hoop Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.

A multiple Group 1 winner, Turn Me Loose first appeared in Australia during the 2015 Spring Carnival and capped his impressive preparation with a strong win in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m).

Continuing to impress during a 2016 Autumn Carnival highlighted by a strong win in the CF Orr Stakes, Turn Me Loose failed to come up during the recent spring, but is clearly on the right track following his last-start performance.

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2017 Futurity Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2x12129x21 BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 6 59kg 114
2 129x791x70 LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Damian Lane 4 59kg 111
3 4160x88x72 TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 5 59kg 112
4 0x51709x4x TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 2 59kg 108
5 34623036×7 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 8 59kg 103
6 x451008x44 PALENTINO Darren Weir Mark Zahra 7 59kg 111
7 706116×113 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 1 59kg 109
8 211x1110x8 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 3 59kg 108
9 x710210x52 ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 9 55.5kg 86