The Vertem Futurity Trophy

Following the abandonment of racing at Doncaster on Saturday, the Vertem Futurity Trophy will be rescheduled to Friday 1 November and transferred to our home course at Newcastle. The race was last held here 30 years ago, and it will be the first time a Group One race will be held on an all weather track and under flood lights in the UK.

Speaking to the Racing Post, Vertem CEO, John Dance, commented “It was a real shame that the Futurity Trophy was lost to the weather, but as a big supporter of racing in the north and of Newcastle in particular, I’m absolutely delighted to see the race come up here. The straight mile at Newcastle is a fantastic track, as seen by the quality of young horses that have run here in the last few years, so we cannot wait for Friday and to be associated with a race of the highest quality at our home racecourse.”

Full details of the race are still to be confirmed.

The Vertem Futurity Trophy is the final Group One of the British flat season. This historically famous race, frequently won by future classic winners since 1961, represents the culmination of the season for many of Europe’s leading youngsters and is subsequently contested by the top trainers and their best two-year old.