Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes Preview
Neil Morrice walks you through the front runners for Saturday’s feature race at Doncaster – the Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes.
Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes (Group 1)
An extraordinary situation as KAMEKO takes on a raft of Coolmore colts in a race that is fast becoming an Aidan O’Brien benefit. It’s a case of five from Ballydoyle against the Kingsclere challenger.
Andrew Balding’s colt hasn’t done much wrong, and after scoring impressively on his debut made Positive pull out all the stops in the Solario Stakes at Sandown before paying the price for racing too keenly in the early stages on his latest outing at Newmarket. Oisin Murphy’s task will be trying to get KAMEKO settled which is not easy in a small field.
But just look what he’s up against………MOGUL heads the Irish quintet as a colt that has got better with each run after being beaten on his debut at Gowan in August. He looked potentially top class when landing a Leopardstown Group 2 last time and the fact that he idled in the closing stages strongly suggests there’s further improvement to come.
INNISFREE couldn’t handle the more experienced Year Of The Tiger at Naas in July but has won both his subsequent outings, latterly a Group 2 at the Curragh. Also a son of Galileo, he needed every yard of the mile to win, and ought to enjoy the slightly better ground on Town Moor.
It’s hard to think that any of LOUISIANA, IBERIA or ROYAL COUNTY DOWN could trouble the ‘Big Three’ and at least one of the trio are probably in to adopt a peacemaking role.
Louisiana traveller beautifully before winning a Thurber nursery in emphatic style after being heavily backed and it’s feasible he could progress to post a frame finish.
But Iberia was easily taken down by Stela Star in a Group 3 at Leopardstown last time, while Royal County Down finished five and a half lengths behind Mogul in the Leopardstown Group 2, and has it all to do.
1st – Mogul
2nd – Innisfree
3rd – Kameko
4th – Louisiana
5th – Royal County Down
6th – Iberia