Lindsay Park’s champion, Mr Brightside, cemented his dominance by winning the 2024 Futurity Stakes, solidifying his position as a true champion.

Mr Brightside Wins 2024 Futurity Stakes

Mr Brightside became the first horse since Black Heart Bart (2017) to complete the CF Orr – Futurity Stakes double at Caulfield. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Mr Brightside, trained by Team Hayes, overcame plenty of mid-race pressure to claim his sixth Group 1 victory. He is the first horse since Black Heart Bart (2017) to achieve the CF Orr – Futurity double in the same year.

“It’s so humbling… For him to be able to absorb such high mid-race pressure… is just a champion quality. It’s just awesome,” co-trainer Will Hayes said.

Jockey Craig Williams navigated the challenges, and Mr Brightside showed his class in the final furlong to secure the win.

“I’m just very grateful… He’s an amazing horse on the race track. A lot of people are getting behind Mr Brightside… Mr Brightside, you’re a champion,” Williams told

Mr Brightside remains undefeated at the 1400m distance at Caulfield (5-5-0-0). He now sets his sights on defending his title in the All-Star Mile (March 16) and then the Australian Cup (March 30).

He is the current $2 favourite at Ladbrokes  to win the All-Star Mile back-to-back and leads pre-field betting for the Australian Cup.

Complete results and finishing order for the 2024 Futurity Stakes are available here.

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Lucy Henderson

Lucy is an experienced horse racing journalist that has been a crucial member of the team for the better part of a decade. She has taken great delight in covering champion mares Black Caviar and Winx throughout their careers and always has a soft spot for a winning filly.