The Futurity Stakes is always a great race and what an amazing field we see in 2020. It’s only a field of eight, but it contains Guineas winner Super Seth, Kiwi champion Melody Belle, and Kolding.
All eyes will be on the 2020 Futurity Stakes and we do the form for every runner in the field and offer our best bet, best value and best roughie selections.
Futurity Stakes Preview & Betting Tips
Our best bets for Futurity Stakes
Melody Belle @ $3 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Kolding @ $3.30 Bet Now
Black Heart Bart @ $20 Bet Now
Futurity Stakes Form Guide & Tips
1. Kolding (Best Each Way – $3.30) Bet Now
It was tough finding an each-way runner in this field but Kolding fits the profile, despite being a touch short with bookmakers.
The Group 1 winner has won eight of his 16 starts and he was proven himself against the best thoroughbreds in Australia. There’s no reason why he couldn’t beat this field and he’s had one run under his belt this preparation.
He ran fourth at Randwick last start and he was always going to appreciate the run. His second-up form reads well with three starts for a win and a placing.
2. Black Heart Bart (Best Roughie – $20) Bet Now
Experience goes the way of Black Heart Bart, which caused a huge upset when winning at Caulfield last year and he could produce a similar effort.
The nine-year-old is a 17-time winner and he has been primed with a trial win at Lark Hill. It looked as though his career was over but trainer Lindsay Smith has worked the oracle. He has returned from retirement in good order, which included a run in the Cox Plate.
His form fresh is good, so don’t discount his chances.
3. Streets of Avalon ($20) Bet Now
The five-year-old gelding has been in solid form of late but we’re not sure if that’s Group 1-winning form.
He’s a son of Magnus which has won seven of his 42 starts and none of those have come against a quality field like he faces this Saturday.
The odds are a touch short of value and we’d be looking at other horses in this race.
4. Wild Planet ($21) Bet Now
He’s an improving gelding that has yet to face a field of this stature, but he could do what Gytrash did last week in the Lightning Stakes.
The Team Hawkes-trained runner didn’t fire last start at Caulfield behind Anaheed, but he was likely needing the run to show his best.
Drawing the inside barrier is ideal and he’s a chance to run in the first four.
5. Kazio ($101) Bet Now
Kazio winning this race would be a massive upset. The Colin Little-trained gelding is coming off a benchmark 90 run at Caulfield where he finished third and it’s simply not good enough form.
He’s a nice type in his own right but we’d prefer to back him against horses of his own class. He will struggle to keep up with the favourites, hence the long odds.
6. Cape of Good Hope ($26) Bet Now
The fresh-up form reads well with four starts for two wins, but the Lindsay Park-trained import is looking for a longer distance.
His best form has come over 2000m+ and kicking off at the 1400m isn’t going to be ideal for this race, but it should do him plenty of good for later this season.
He doesn’t represent any value at the $26 price this Saturday. We thought he would be around the $41 mark.
7. Melody Belle (Best Bet – $3) Bet Now
The Kiwi mare is a 15-time winner and most of those have come at the Group 1 level. She’s a Group 1 winner either side of the Tasman, and class is most certainly on her side.
Her chances of winning would have been improved with a couple of runs under her belt but we’re still confident about her chances. She’s a professional type that handles all conditions and he was desperately unlucky in the Mackinnon Stakes last start.
The Kiwis are coming down under and Melody Belle leads the charge.
8. Super Seth ($2.80) Bet Now
Super Seth is an obvious threat to Melody Belle and Kolding. However, he’s only a three-year-old colt and that soft-track run might have been detrimental to his chances here.
There’s no doubting his class and he was able to run down Alligator Blood in the Guineas, which takes some doing. He gets the weight advantage on every runner in this field but his best form has come fresh and we think the second-up syndrome could be in play.
He’ll present punters with better betting opportunities later this autumn.