Vertem Futurity Trophy

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Vertem Futurity Trophy
Group 1 race
LocationDoncaster Racecourse
Doncaster, England
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorVertem Asset Management
Race information
Distance1 mile (1,609 metres)
excluding geldings
Weight9 st 1 lb
3 lb for fillies
Purse£215,000 (2020)
1st: £127,280
Racing Post Trophy
White, purple stripe, check cap Royal blue Purple, white stars, white sleeves, purple stars, purple cap
Mac Swiney One Ruler Baradar

The Vertem Futurity Trophy is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at Doncaster over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late October.


The event was established in 1961, and it was originally called the Timeform Gold Cup. It was founded by Phil Bull, the creator of Timeform, and was backed by this organisation until 1964.

The Observer started to support the event in 1965. The present grading system was introduced in 1971, and the Observer Gold Cup was classed at Group 1 level.

The bookmaker William Hill took over the sponsorship in 1976, and from this point the event was known as the Futurity Stakes. From 1989 to 2017 the race was sponsored by the Racing Post and run as the Racing Post Trophy.

The race was given its current title in 2018, when Vertem Asset Management became the sponsor. The Vertem Futurity Trophy is now the last Group 1 event of the British flat racing season. The 2019 race was run on Newcastle's Tapeta track after the Doncaster meeting was abandoned because of waterlogging, becoming the first British Group 1 race to be run on an artificial surface.[1]

Five winners have subsequently achieved victory in the following year's Derby. The first was Reference Point (1986–87), and the most recent was Camelot (2011–12).


Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Lester PiggottRibocco (1966), Noble Decree (1972), Apalachee (1973), Dunbeath (1982), Lanfranco (1984)
  • Pat EdderySporting Yankee (1976), Dactylographer (1977), Beldale Flutter (1980), Reference Point (1986), Armiger (1992)

Leading trainer (10 wins):

  • Henry CecilApproval (1969), Take Your Place (1975), Hello Gorgeous (1979), Dunbeath (1982), Lanfranco (1984), Reference Point (1986), Be My Chief (1989), Peter Davies (1990), Armiger (1992), King's Theatre (1993)

Leading owner (8 wins): (includes part ownership)

  • Sue MagnierAristotle (1999), High Chaparral (2001), Brian Boru (2002), St Nicholas Abbey (2009), Camelot (2011), Kingsbarns (2012), Saxon Warrior (2017), Magna Grecia (2018)


Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1961 Miralgo Bill Williamson Harry Wragg Gerry Oldham 1:44.40
1962 Noblesse Garnie Bougoure Paddy Prendergast Evelyn Olin 1:39.00
1963 Pushful [a] Harry Carr S. Meaney Lionel Holliday 1:39.00
1964 Hardicanute Bill Williamson Paddy Prendergast Jim Mullion 1:40.40
1965 Pretendre Ron Hutchinson Jack Jarvis Claude Lilley 1:42.60
1966 Ribocco Lester Piggott Fulke Johnson Houghton Charles Engelhard 1:44.60
1967 Vaguely Noble Bill Williamson Walter Wharton Brook Holliday 1:44.80
1968 The Elk Bill Pyers Jeremy Tree Monica Sheriffe 1:44.60
1969 Approval Duncan Keith Henry Cecil Sir Humphrey de Trafford 1:45.80
1970 Linden Tree Duncan Keith Peter Walwyn Mrs D. McCalmont 1:46.00
1971 High Top Willie Carson Bernard van Cutsem Sir Jules Thorn 1:40.80
1972 Noble Decree Lester Piggott Bernard van Cutsem Nelson Bunker Hunt 1:42.79
1973 Apalachee Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Jack Mulcahy 1:43.51
1974 Green Dancer Freddy Head Alec Head Jacques Wertheimer 1:45.01
1975 Take Your Place Gianfranco Dettori Henry Cecil Carlo d'Alessio 1:40.50
1976 Sporting Yankee Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn William Hill Racing 1:48.56
1977 Dactylographer Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn Philip Niarchos 1:43.70
1978 Sandy Creek Christy Roche Con Collins Alfie McLean 1:38.32
1979 Hello Gorgeous Joe Mercer Henry Cecil Daniel Wildenstein 1:42.30
1980 Beldale Flutter Pat Eddery Michael Jarvis Tony Kelly 1:43.53
1981 Count Pahlen Geoff Baxter Bruce Hobbs Mrs Tony Villar 1:42.40
1982 Dunbeath Lester Piggott Henry Cecil Michael Riordan 1:44.05
1983 Alphabatim Greville Starkey Guy Harwood Khalid Abdullah 1:41.30
1984 Lanfranco Lester Piggott Henry Cecil Charles St George 1:43.90
1985 Bakharoff Greville Starkey Guy Harwood Khalid Abdullah 1:41.20
1986 Reference Point Pat Eddery Henry Cecil Louis Freedman 1:45.03
1987 Emmson Willie Carson Dick Hern Sir Michael Sobell 1:42.66
1988 Al Hareb Willie Carson Neil Graham Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:40.73
1989 Be My Chief [b] Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Peter Burrell 1:42.99
1990 Peter Davies Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Charles St George 1:46.00
1991 Seattle Rhyme Cash Asmussen David Elsworth H. J. Senn 1:39.58
1992 Armiger Pat Eddery Henry Cecil Khalid Abdullah 1:39.70
1993 King's Theatre Willie Ryan Henry Cecil Poland / Sheikh Moh'd [2] 1:41.04
1994 Celtic Swing Kevin Darley Lady Herries Peter Savill 1:40.04
1995 Beauchamp King John Reid John Dunlop Erik Penser 1:38.89
1996 Medaaly Gary Hind Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:41.12
1997 Saratoga Springs Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Michael Tabor 1:40.36
1998 Commander Collins Jimmy Fortune Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:47.80
1999 Aristotle George Duffield Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:45.00
2000 Dilshaan Johnny Murtagh Sir Michael Stoute Saeed Suhail 1:45.87
2001 High Chaparral Kevin Darley Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:45.39
2002 Brian Boru Kevin Darley Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:46.01
2003 American Post Christophe Soumillon Criquette Head-Maarek Khalid Abdullah 1:39.57
2004 Motivator Kieren Fallon Michael Bell Royal Ascot Racing Club 1:41.62
2005 Palace Episode Neil Callan Kevin Ryan Theresa Marnane 1:45.10
2006 Authorized [c] Frankie Dettori Peter Chapple-Hyam Al Homaizi / Al Sagar 1:43.74
2007 Ibn Khaldun Kerrin McEvoy Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:37.62
2008 Crowded House Jamie Spencer Brian Meehan Reddam / Burrell / Harvey 1:39.17
2009 St Nicholas Abbey Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1:39.62
2010 Casamento Frankie Dettori Michael Halford Sheikh Mohammed 1:37.03
2011 Camelot Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1:38.58
2012 Kingsbarns Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor / Smith 1:40.32
2013 Kingston Hill Andrea Atzeni Roger Varian Paul D Smith 1:44.83
2014 Elm Park Andrea Atzeni Andrew Balding Qatar Racing & Kingsclere Racing 1:43.82
2015 Marcel Andrea Atzeni Peter Chapple-Hyam Paul Hancock 1:40.85
2016 Rivet Andrea Atzeni William Haggas The Starship Partnership 1:37.08
2017 Saxon Warrior Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1:40.12
2018 Magna Grecia Donnacha O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor / Flaxman 1:37.72
2019 Kameko[d] Oisin Murphy Andrew Balding Qatar Racing Ltd 1:36.26
2020 Mac Swiney Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Jackie Bolger 1:41.98
  1. ^ Scissors finished first in 1963, but he was relegated to second place following a stewards' inquiry
  2. ^ The 1989 running took place at Newcastle
  3. ^ The 2006 edition was held at Newbury
  4. ^ The 2019 running was held at Newcastle on an all-weather surface

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Baxter, David (27 October 2019). "All-weather to the rescue: Newcastle steps in to stage Vertem Futurity Trophy". Racing Post.
  2. ^ Montgomery, Sue (24 October 1993). "Theatre a class act". The Independent. Retrieved 27 August 2012.