The Vertem Futurity Trophy
The Vertem Futurity Trophy is the new race at the end of the season for classic bound two year old colts and fillies and the new sponsor, Vertem Asset Management, has taken over from long time sponsor The Racing Post.
This years race takes place on the 27th October and is a Group 1 open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. The distance is one mile and the race has traditionally thrown up the next seasons Derby winner, so it is viewed as one of the most important classic trials for the following season.
The race has a deep history and we thought it would be interesting to look at some of the background to the race before looking at the betting side.
The race was first run in 1961 and was initially sponsored by Timeform for an initial three year period until 1964 when sponsorship was then taken over by the Observer newspaper.
Since then the race has been sponsored by William Hill from 1976 to 1988, then The Racing Post from 1989 to 2017, until the new present day sponsor Vertem Asset Management, who have gone back to naming the race after its old name “The Futurity Stakes” and it is now the Futurity Trophy.
The race was given its current race title in 2018. The Vertem Futurity Trophy is now the last Group 1 event of the British flat racing season.
There have been five winners that have gone on to win the following years Derby and those have come in the last few decades. The brilliant Reference Point was the first to achieve the feat in 1987, and he was then followed by: High Chapparal 2001, Motivator 2004, Authorized 2006 and Camelot in 2011.
You can see more history about the race here
The leading trainer in the race is the late great Sir Henry Cecil, who trained 10 winners of the race, and it is no surprise that the leading jockeys with 5 wins apiece are Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery, unquestionably two greats of the turf.
– Aiden O’Brien has won 4 of the last 10 running’s of the race and has saddled 8 winners in total.
– Andrea Atzeni has won four of the last five running’s of the race.
– The race has been won as a jockey by father and son combination Gianfranco Dettori 1975 and modern day jockey Frankie (Lanfranco) Dettori 2006 & 2010.
– The second running of the race won by Noblesse in 1962 was won in a time of 1 minute and 39 seconds. This was quicker than 7 out of the last 10 running’s of the race.
The Vertem Furturity Trophy meeting takes place at Doncaster on Saturday 27th October with a seven race card headlined by the main event at 4.05 pm
13:45 Doncaster Stakes (Listed) (2yo, Class 1, 6f 2y, 10 runners)
14:15 Scott Dobson Memorial Nursery (2yo, Class 3, 7f 6y, 6 runners)
14:55 Vertem Very Different Stockbrokers Handicap (3yo+, Class 2, 1m 3f 197y, 12 runners)
15:25 sunracing.co.uk Handicap (3yo+, Class 2, 5f 3y, 22 runners)
16:05 Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes (Group 1) (Str) (2yo, Class 1, 1m, 11 runners)
16:35 crownhotel-bawtry.com Optional Claiming Handicap (4yo+, Class 2, 7f 6y, 22 runners)
17:10 Lexus Sheffield Apprentice Jockeys’ Training Series Final Handicap (3yo, Class 4, 7f 6y, 11 runners)
THE VERTEM FUTURITY TROPHY – BETTING ANALYSIS
Leading trainer Aiden O’Brien saddles the favourite in MAGNA GRECIA 13/8 with Bet365, and this son of Invincible Spirit won well at Naas on debut before just being denied in a Group 3 contest at Newmarket last time, just going down narrowly to the Andre Fabre favorite Persian King.
Once again John Gosden has carried all before him this season and his improving TURGENEV 4/1 with Betfred & Boylesports, and ridden by that man Dettori, has solid chances after winning its last two races. Has only run in maidens so far and this is a huge step up in class, but was an easy winner last time from another O’Brien inmate Il Paradiso. Looks to be improving at a rate of knots and will give the favorite plenty to think about.
We could not leave without mentioning that man Andrea Atzeni who rides the once run and once won David Simcock trained RAAKIB ALHAWA.
Although a big price at 14/1 general but 16/1 with Boylesports, the manner of its win first time out was really pleasing, and the first two finished 6 lengths clear of the highly regarded favorite back in third.