This years Futurity’s foal crop comes from the season when the Australian Equine Industry was devastated by the Equine Influenza break out back in 2007.
115 three year olds will cross the timeline this year a 20% decline from last year when record numbers buoyed industry confidence. Following the trend of recent years Peptos Stylish Oak, who will be the feature of the forthcoming Morning Sun Dispersal Sale , has the most entries (12) however the gap is closing with Whos Top Cat (10) and TR Dual Rey (10) a close second.
It also sees the first from Locally bred champions Destinys Mr Chic and One Stylish Peptos. One Stylish Peptos has eight offspring competing including one from leading trainer Todd Graham’s band of three year olds. Interestingly Both of Destiny Mr Chics representatives are being ridden by Corey Holden.
In the Derby 68 of last years three year olds will tuff it out for the Derby title only an increase of 3 from the previous years. With the Classic Challenge attracting 54 entries a decline of 5 from 2011.
Derby Champion Tapt Dancin Cat will be the favourite in this event with a winning percentage record second to none.
The NCHA futurity kicks off tomorrow morning with the first go round of the classic challenge followed by Section 1 of the first go round of the Open Futurity. It will interesting to see if these entries are the direct result of a specific breeding programme or whether the breeders choice was restricted by quarantine restrictions.