Franco Cristiano heads three pronged attack on futurity

Franco Cristiano heads three pronged attack on futurity

A stunning win fresh up sees Franco Cristiano rate as a great chance in this year's JLT Futurity at Cambridge tomorrow. He will be joined in the race by stablemates Little Rascal and Robbie Burns that both rate good chances also.

A Group Two race for the four and five year olds, the JLT Futurity usually attracts a very strong field and this year is no exception. There is a strong level of confidence about all three stable runners.

Franco Cristiano was massive winning fresh up. After burning the gate, he was able to secure a nice run in the trail, but never looked confident going the right-handed way around, eventually going off stride at the 500m and losing five lengths in the process. To pick himself up, storming home to win by a length going away was some run.

"Only a real good horse would do what he did in that race," said trainer Robert Dunn.

"He had no right to win and he is only going to be better getting back to the left-handed way of Cambridge."

From the draws, Franco Cristiano to be partnered by Dexter Dunn does look clearly the best of the three Robert Dunn trained runners. He has a range of options from the start and has shown speed off the gate in the past. Either way he is sure to take up a prominent position early on and must be very hard to hold out.

Little Rascal has drawn reasonably well also and has shown some good form this campaign. He started against the open class pacers last time at Alexandra Park and while well beaten John was happy enough with his run. If he can produce the type of form that saw him run second to likely favourite Chase The Dream on Show Day, then he won't be far away either. He is a very honest horse that always puts in whenever he goes to the races.

The third of the stable runners is Robbie Burns which has drawn the outside barrier. This will certainly make his task that much harder, but his form is a lot better than it appears on paper.

"Timmy (last start driver Tim Williams) said that he was fair jogging last time when he broke and he felt that he would definitely have been in the money in the race won by Titan Banner," said Robert.

Robbie Burns has high speed and if this race did turn into a truly run contest over the 2700m, he could prove a major beneficiary sitting back and out of the fireworks early on. His target remains next week's Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park.

The favourite in the race looks certain to be the Purdon/Rasmussen trained Chase The Dream. He is a proven performer at this level and will be very hard to beat.

This race should be exciting to watch and good luck to all stable runners and their connections.

Posted: Fri 23 Dec 2016