Queensland trainer's Gypsy up to the Challenge

THE 2014 NCHA Imax Gold Tamarang Futurity began this week with the first go round of the rapidly-growing John Deere Open Classic Challenge.

Todd Graham and Spins Gypsy Rose won the first event of the 2014 NCHA Futurity, the John Deere Open Classic.  Photo: Barry Smith  280514BSA52

Todd Graham and Spins Gypsy Rose won the first event of the 2014 NCHA Futurity, the John Deere Open Classic. Photo: Barry Smith 280514BSA52

Queensland professional trainer Todd Graham took out the 5-6 year old heat with a top score of 148 aboard Spins Gypsy Rose, a whopping 3.5 points ahead of second place.

“Gypsy did very good. She was smart on her feet and we went ahead in leaps and bounds,”  Graham said.

“We’re not looking for the highest score, just a good clean run. 

“And that usually gets us there.”

And he’s not kidding with  Graham being the most successful Australian cutting horse trainer.

Second place was taken out by 2013 Open Futurity champ Phil Dawson on Turpentine Reyn with a score of 144.5 and followed by 11 competitors  sitting in third place on 144.

The end of the first  day on Wednesday saw the first half of the much-anticipated Bayer Imax Gold Tamarang Open Futurity first go round with the second half being held yesterday along with the first go round of the SDP Buffalo Ranch Open Derby.

The second go round of the Bayer Imax Gold & Tamarang Open Futurity begins at 8am today with the popular Affinity Insurance Brokers Stockmans Challenge starting at 7pm in the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre.

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