Horse Racing: Vertem Futurity Trophy Betting Tips
Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes (Racing Post Trophy)
The final weekend of the UK flat racing season is upon us; with the clocks due to go back, it promises to be a fascinating culmination of a season’s work at Doncaster in the Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes.
About The Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes
(formally known as the Racing Post Trophy)
Since 1961, Doncaster Racecourse has hosted the Racing Post Trophy as the flagship race to mark the end of the flat racing season as part of the Autumn Afternoon Meeting in Yorkshire.
Originally a race developed by Timeform, the principal idea of the race is to celebrate the successes of the flat racing season and crown leading jockeys, trainers and owners on completion of the race.
With a purse of £215,000, including over £110,000 for the winning horse and connections, the Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes is one of the most lucrative Group 1 races.
The 1-mile straight dash is for two-year olds (excluding geldings) and has seen many of the biggest names in racing emerge victorious as it now enters its 57th edition.
Date & Time
Saturday 27th October 2018 – 16:05 (GMT)
The Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes Outright Winner Odds:-
With crucial prize money still on offer for jockeys and trainers, the Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes is sure to be hotly contested with many of the biggest names on the flat racing season featuring heavily on a packed card in Doncaster.
Here are the key runners and riders for the Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes:
Magna Grecia – 5/2 (William Hill) –
The Aiden O’Brien 2-year old has had an emerging season. He’s won one and place 2nd in his only two starts and given O’Brien’s training pedigree in the race, comes from good stock. Winning at Naas last month was impressive as was the surprise 2nd place finish at Newmarket and it looks to be the confidence horse here in a strong field.
Japan – 7/2 (888sport) –
Next up for O’Brien is stablemate Japan. This is a horse that has won 2 of its 3 competitive starts and looks to have a frightening amount of talent. Back to back wins at Naas and Listowel in Ireland have propelled Japan up the betting list and with O’Brien in charge of training duties – anything is possible.
Turgenev – 4/1 (Bet 365) –
John Gosden has enjoyed a fantastic season and Turgenev will be looking to finish his campaign in style. 2 wins from 3 showings over the past month (Newmarket and Newcastle) have underlined the horses’ potential; under the ride of Frankie Dettori, connections will be hoping Turgenev can get the job done here.
Broome – 5/1 (BetBright) –
Yet another of O’Brien’s esteemed charges, Broome perhaps hasn’t enjoyed the stellar record of some of its stable mates but still possesses all the hallmarks of a great sprinter. With 1 win and 2 placed finishes in 5 races, Broome may be stronger for the experience and could use that race knowledge effectively here.
Phoenix of Spain – 11/2 (Betsson) –
The Charles Hills and Jamie Spencer duo combine once more through Phoenix of Spain. The two-year old has managed 2 wins and a 2nd placed finish from its 4 career races so far. With wins in packed fields in York and Wolverhampton during the summer, the credentials are certainly there.
Norway – 6/1 (Coral) –
Aiden O’Brien is famed for his record in this race and Norway is another horse looking to keep up the record for connections. With wins at Newmarket and Naas in October, to go with an impressive 3rd at the Curragh in September – Norway looks to be fit and fighting again after a 62 day break in the summer and will be a real threat here.
Cape of Good Hope – 10/1 (Royal Panda) –
The card moves on to the less fancied of the O’Brien horses. Whilst Cape of Good Hope perhaps doesn’t possess the same pedigree of some of its stable mates, recent placed finishes at Newmarket to go with a win at Tipperary back in July, suggest that it could be in contention once again here.
Circus Maximus – 12/1 (Ladbrokes) –
Aiden O’Brien has had a very successful season of which Circus Maximus has been a very big part. The 2 year old emerged in emphatic style to win at Gowran Park in September and a subsequent 3rd at Newmarket (behind Magna Grecia) suggested that it’s a horse going places. However, this horse doesn’t have the pedigree of some of its counterparts.
Kadar – 12/1 (Mansion Bet) –
One of the relative unknowns in the race, Kadar won in style at Haydock back in September. With the horse travelling over from the USA to race – it feels like connections mean business. Bred by Frank Hutchinson and trained by K Burke it’s certainly a horse that could spring a surprise here.
Sydney Opera House – 14/1 (Bet-at-Home) –
Aiden O’Brien continues to churn out contenders at this level… and Sydney Opera House is the next one on the conveyor belt. With 6 runs this summer, it has been one of the busiest horses on the circuit and a win at the Curragh back in September along with subsequent placed finishes at Leopardstown and Newmarket make it a horse to looks out for here.
Top Pick – Magna Grecia – 5/2 (William Hill)
Each Way Pick – Kadar – 12/1 (Mansion Bet)