2019 Futurity Stakes - Brave Smash to repeat 2018 efforts with Caulfield win

Group 1 Futurity Stakes is the third major race on Blue Diamond Stakes Day at Caulfield on February 23
Brave Smash
(Getty Images)

2019 Futurity Stakes Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

DateSaturday February 23, 2019
Time3:25pm AEST
StatusGroup 1
Prize Money$500,000

The Futurity Stakes is one of three major races on Blue Diamond Stakes Day, which includes the Blue Diamond Stakes and the Oakleigh Plate.

With recent winners including All Too Hard, Typhoon Tracy, More Joyous and Black Heart Bart, it's a race to win and another talented field will line up in 2019, including 2018 winner Brave Smash.

Can the former Japanese sprinter back his win up or will another contender take home the trophy?

2019 Futurity Stakes Best Bet - Brave Smash @ 9.00

Brave Smash is an enigmatic type which has a negative return on income but he has plenty of ability and can strike at any time, which is exactly what he did in this race last season.

The talented type held off fellow Japanese runner Tosen Stardom to win the Futurity Stakes before going on to win the 2018 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley. He is also The Everest placed and there's no doubting his ability to run well in the big races.

His two subsequent starts since winning the Manikato haven't been great but he targets these races and given his previous form at Caulfield, he must be respected again.

2019 Futurity Stakes Best Each Way - Home Of The Brave @ 9.00

We're going with another import in Home Of The Brave, which came over for Godolphin and had immediate success when taking out the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes at Rosehill.

The James Cummings-trained sprinter then than a credible fourth in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield behind stablemate Jungle Cat, which should be seen as a good guide for this.

He has had some time off the track but he will be primed for the big targets during the Australian Autumn.

Home of the Brave Sydney
Home Of The Brave winning the Theo Marks with something in hand. (Getty Images)

2019 Futurity Stakes Best Roughie - Pierata @ 11.00

The four-year-old has won almost $2.8 million and demands respect in a race like this. Trained by Gregory Hickman, the son of Pierro boasts wins in the likes of the Missile Stakes at Randwick and the Group 3 Sydney Stakes on The Everest Day.

His most recent effort came behind Santa Ana Lane and In Her Time when running third in the VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington and that form looks good for the Futurity Stakes.

He typically pays a good price, hence his 92% ROI and that makes him a good each-way play here.

Best Bet: Brave Smash @ 9.00
Best Each Way: Home Of The Brave @ 9.00
Best Roughie: Pierata @ 11.00
Daryl Curnow 29 January 2019

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