Vertem Futurity Trophy

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Vertem Futurity Trophy
Group 1 race
LocationDoncaster Racecourse
Doncaster, England
Inaugurated1961
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorVertem Asset Management
WebsiteDoncaster
Race information
Distance1 mile (1,609 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackStraight
QualificationTwo-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight9 st 1 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies
Purse£200,000 (2021)
1st: £118,400
Racing Post Trophy
2021
Maroon, royal blue hoop, sleeves, quartered cap Royal blue, yellow chevron and sleeves, yellow and white quartered cap Maroon, yellow hoops, maroon sleeves, yellow cap
Luxembourg Sissoko Bayside Boy
Previous years
2020
White, purple stripe, check cap Royal blue Purple, white stars, white sleeves, purple stars, purple cap
Mac Swiney One Ruler Baradar
2019
Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap PURPLE, WHITE seams, striped sleeves, WHITE cap
Kameko Innisfree Year Of The Tiger
2018
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Pink, light blue cross belts and armlets, light blue and pink quartered cap Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, white cap
Magna Grecia Phoenix Of Spain Western Australia
2017
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, white cap
Saxon Warrior Roaring Lion The Pentagon
2016
Cerise, white hoop on body and armlets, white cap, cerise hoop Dark blue, light blue cross belts, diabolo on sleeves, white cap Maroon, white seams, halved sleeves, maroon and white hooped cap
Rivet Yucatan Salouen
2015
Purple, royal blue sleeves Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap
Marcel Johannes Vermeer Foundation
2014
Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap White and red stripes, white and black striped sleeves, hooped cap
Elm Park Aloft Celestial Path
2013
Light blue, dark blue hoop, sleeves and cap Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Royal blue, red chevrons, white and red striped sleeves, red and white quartered cap
Kingston Hill Johann Strauss Altruistic
2012
Dark blue White, red sash, red and white striped cap Dark green, red cap, dark green diamond
Kingsbarns Van Der Neer Steeler
2011
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star White, emerald green hoop
Camelot Zip Top Fencing
2010-2001
2010
Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Dark blue
Casamento Seville Master Of Hounds
2009
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Red and yellow (halved), white cap Royal blue
St Nicholas Abbey Elusive Pimpernel Al Zir
2008
White, purple hoop, purple sleeves, white armlets, purple cap Red, white sleeves, blue and white striped cap Orange and white (quartered), orange sleeves
Crowded House Jukebox Jury Skanky Biscuit
2007
Royal blue Emerald green, royal blue sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots Red, Green hoops, Yellow cap, Green hoop
Ibn Khaldun City Leader Feared In Flight
2006
Dark green, beige stars on sleeves Purple and Red check, Yellow sleeves, Red and Yellow quartered cap Lime green
Authorized Charlie Farnsbarns Medicine Path
2005
Yellow, Black Cross of Lorraine, Black and Yellow striped sleeves, Dark Blue cap Dark blue, yellow epaulets Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap
Palace Episode Winged Cupid Septimus
2004
White, dark blue armlets and cap Dark blue Royal blue
Motivator Albert Hall Henrik
2003
Green, pink epaulets, white sleeves, pink cap Dark blue, yellow hoop and sleeves, white cap Dark blue
American Post Fantastic View Magritte
2002
Dark blue Pink Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves
Brian Boru Powerscourt Illustrator
2001
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Dark blue Dark Blue, Light Blue sleeves, Purple stars, Purple cap, Light Blue star
High Chaparral Castle Gandolfo Redback
2000-1991
2000
Royal blue, yellow chevron, yellow cap, royal blue spots Red, grey epaulets and armlets Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves, white cap, red star
Dilshaan Tamburlaine Bonnard
1999
Dark blue Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap
Aristotle Lermontov Ekraar
1998
Emerald green, royal blue sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots Dark green Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap
Commander Collins Magno Housemaster
1997
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Royal blue Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap
Saratoga Springs Mudeer Mutamam
1996
Royal blue Royal blue, white striped sleeves White, yellow hoop and armlets
Medaaly Poteen Benny The Dip
1995
Orange, Black hoop, White cap White and green (halved), reversed sleeves, blue cap Red, white sleeves, yellow and red hooped cap
Beauchamp King Even Top Mons
1994
MAROON, light blue slvs, light blue cap, maroon diamond Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap
Celtic Swing Annus Mirabilis Juyush
1993
BLACK and WHITE DIABOLO, black sleeves, red cap Orange and dark blue (halved), orange sleeves, blue armlets, striped cap Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves
King's Theatre Fairy Heights Bude
1991
White, yellow seams, yellow cap Light blue, pink sash Black, yellow cap
Seattle Rhyme Mack The Knife Assessor
1990-1980
1990
Black, white chevron hoop, white cap Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star
Peter Davies Mukaddamah Marcham
1989
Dark green, white hoops, dark green sleeves, white cap Royal blue, white epaulets, white cap Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap
Be My Chief Baligh Qathif
1988
Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap Royal blue, white chevron, light blue cap Grey, royal blue sash
Al Hareb Zalazl Frequent Flyer
1987
Pale Blue, White and Yellow check cap Sky blue, gold quartered cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star
Emmson Sheriff's Star Salse
1986
Yellow, black spots, yellow sleeves and cap Emerald green and yellow (halved) Red, white star, yellow sleeves, red and yellow hooped cap
Reference Point Bengal Fire Love the Groom
1985
Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Dark green Dark green, white hoops, dark green sleeves, white cap
Bakharoff Nomrood Water Cay
1984
Black, white chevron hoop, white cap Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Red and yellow diamonds, yellow sleeves, red cap
Lanfranco Damister Brave Bambino
1983
Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Dark blue, light blue cross-belts, striped sleeves, red cap White, Maroon braces and cap
Alphabatim Mendez Ilium
1982
Light blue, grey diamond, quartered cap Scarlet, white chevron and cap Light green, dark blue hooped sleeves, striped cap
Dunbeath Cock Robin Lyphard's Special
1981
Black, red cross belts and hoop on cap Royal blue, light blue epaulets and cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star
Count Pahlen Paradis Terrestre Jalmood
1980
Yellow, black sleeves, light blue and yellow quartered cap GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Royal blue, white hoop on body, striped cap
Beldale Flutter Shergar Sheer Grit
 

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.

History[edit]

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).

Records[edit]

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)
  • Aidan O'Brien - Saratoga Springs (1997), Aristotle (1999), High Chaparral (2001), Brian Boru (2002), St Nicholas Abbey (2009), Camelot (2011), Kingsbarns (2012), Saxon Warrior (2017), Magna Grecia (2018), Luxembourg (2021)

Leading owner (9 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), Luxembourg (2021)

Winners[edit]

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
2021 Luxembourg Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor / Westerberg 1:43.61
  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]

References[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.