Exciting Kinross Enters Re-Scheduled Futurity Trophy Odds

Trainer Aidan O’Brien’s prospects of landing a record-equalling 10th Futurity Trophy might not be as straightforward as it looked this time last week, if Ralph Beckett decides to run his hugely exciting Kinross in the rearranged Group 1.

Exciting Kinross Enters Re-Scheduled Futurity Trophy Odds

O’Brien was on Saturday responsible for five of the six declared runners, with the Andrew Balding-trained Kameko the sole domestic challenger, but when heavy rain and high winds caused the race to be abandoned, the £200,000 race was rescheduled to be run this Friday at Newcastle.

With Doncaster's weather woes continuing, the Futurity Trophy will now be run on that track's Tapeta surface - making it the first Group 1 contest ever staged on an all-weather surface in Britain.

The switch in terrain means that Kinross is now being seriously considered for the 1m contest, although he also has an entry in the rearranged Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes, which will open Newmarket’s Saturday card a day later.

Ground Factor In Kinross Trophy Bid

He featured among 17 new entries for the Futurity Trophy, alongside nine trained by O'Brien, and entered the betting as the 6/1 third-favourite with Paddy Power and Betfair, having run out a stunning eight-length winner of what looked a strong Newmarket novice event.

Runner-up, Raaeb, has already given the form a boost by comfortably opening his account on his next start, and now Kinross has an unexpected opportunity to prove himself at Group 1 level - his odds for the 2020 2,000 Guineas already no bigger than 16/1 behind the so far unbeatable Pinatubo.

Beckett said: “He will have an entry at Newcastle and he'll also be in the Horris Hill as well and we'll have a look at both races and decide. The ground will be one of the factors, as will the opposition.

“The prize-money aspect is important and it has remained the same by running it at Newcastle, so for that reason alone I think everyone's in favour of it being run at Newcastle.”

Kameko Team In 'Full Approval'

Should Kinross take his chance, the biggest danger to his unbeaten record looks sure to be Mogul, 4/5 market leader and O'Brien’s outstanding candidate setting the standard after dispatching a decent field in the Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown.

Royal Lodge Stakes runner-up Kameko, despite the switch in surface, is again entered and an intended runner.

“It changes the dynamic of the race certainly, but I'm in full approval and agreement with the move," his trainer stressed. “I think it's important to have the race. It's a very different test, but it's much better to have the race than not.

“We know we'll get a sound surface and we're very grateful to everyone for making it happen.”

Victory for Mogul, or any other O-Brien trained contender, would likely send the trainer to the top of the British Champion Trainer title standings, but that contest runs to the end of December and John Gosden remains a red-hot favourite to retain the crown, as he looks sure to collect significant prize-money on the all-weather in the last two months of 2019.