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2021 Vertem Futurity Trophy Tips - Johnston's juvenile the one to beat at Doncaster

  • Tips and odds for the 2021 Vertem Futurity Trophy
  • This Group One takes place at Doncaster on Saturday 23rd October
  • Luxembourg is the hot-favourite for Aidan O'Brien
  • Royal Patronage is our best bet at 4/1
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Royal Patronage (left) wins The Tattersalls Acomb Stakes at York. (Getty)
Jon Vine 22 Oct 2021
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The final Group One of the British flat racing season takes place at Doncaster on Saturday, where the Vertem Futurity Trophy will be handed out. The last four winners of this juvenile race went on to win Classics the following season, and eight runners have been confirmed in the field for Saturday's renewal.

We've taken a look through the betting for this weekend's main event and picked out our best betting ITV Racing tips.
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2021 Vertem Futurity Trophy Odds

Royal Patronage4/1
Bayside Boy13/2
Imperial Fighterr7/1

*Odds taken on 21/10*

2021 Vertem Futurity Trophy Runners

Luxembourg2021 Vertem Futurity Trophy FavouriteGET 8/11 HERE
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Aidan O'Brien needs one more victory to match Sir Henry Cecil's record tally of ten wins in this Group One. He'll be solely represented by Luxembourg, who ran out a comfortable winner of the Beresford Stakes last time out.

Royal Patronage steps up to Group One company after victories in the Acomb and Royal Lodge Stakes. Bayside Boy will have his first start over a mile, having won the Champagne Stakes before a decent third in the Dewhurst.

Imperial Fighter has finished second in both the Royal Lodge and the Autumn Stakes this season, and he too will make his Group One debut. Sissoko and Mctigue make the trip over from Ireland. Hannibal Barca and Bullet Force round off the field.

2021 Vertem Futurity Trophy Tips

Royal Patronage2021 Vertem Futurity Trophy TipsGET 4/1 HERE
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By his immeasurably high standards, it's been a poor season for Aidan O'Brien. On home soil, O'Brien has endured his worst year since 2008, narrowly surpassing that year's total of 74 winners. Ireland's Champion Trainer has only saddled ten winners in 118 starts here in Britain, and Snowfall accounts for three of those ten. Of his 55 runners over the past two weeks, only three have managed to win - a worrying patch of poor form for any trainer.

Luxembourg has done everything asked of him thus far and looks an excellent prospect for next year's Epsom Derby. However, he has started slowly on both his starts and hit flat spots at crucial stages. Ryan Moore's mount has only faced two mediocre fields thus far, and his class has carried him through to claim a couple of comfortable wins.

On Saturday, though, Luxembourg faces several horses who are proven at the highest level. Another slow start could be fatal for the favourite, especially when there's a front-runner as hardy as ROYAL PATRONAGE lining up in opposition.

Since losing out to Native Trail on his second career start, Mark Johnston's juvenile has claimed three straight victories. Royal Patronage made all to claim an emphatic maiden win at Epsom, before upsetting the odds to win the Acomb Stakes at York, again in dominant fashion.

Jason Hart's mount made the running in the Royal Lodge Stakes last time out, but was passed by Coroebus coming out of the dip. However, as William Buick's mount began to tie up in the closing stages, Royal Patronage fought back to snatch that Group One under the shadow of the post.

Coroebus has since boosted that form with a superb victory in the Autumn Stakes, where he beat another of Saturday's runners, Imperial Fighter by two lengths. Royal Patronage has proven his stamina over this distance and, if allowed to dictate the tempo from the front, he could be very hard to peg back.


I'm perfectly happy taking Luxembourg on at 8/11 and, on all known form, Royal Patronage is the one to beat.

2021 Vertem Futurity Trophy Tips: Royal Patronage Straight Win $5.00 at Ladbrokes Australia - 15 Units

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