THE much-anticipated first go round of the Bayer Imax Gold Tamarang Open Futurity consisted of 148 amazingly talented three-year-olds and took two days to complete due to its large size in Tamworth’s Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre yesterday.
Ballimore’s (near Dubbo) Scott Johnston finished with the top score of 147 on Winderadeen Smartlilcat owned by Jake Mabilia of Victoria.
Hot on his heels was Queenslander James Parker riding his own stallion King of The Cats, finishing on a great score of 146.
The Open Futurity final will be held Sunday, June 8 and feature the top 25 horses with the highest aggregate score of the previous two go rounds.
The SDP Buffalo Ranch Open Derby began with a record number of 75 entries .
Queensland trainer Todd Graham finished in pole position on his very clever bay stallion No Moore One Moore who took out reserve champion in last year’s Open Futurity.
No Moore One Moore has earned more than $37,000 since beginning his cutting career only 12 months ago, with full brothers One Roan Peptos sitting in excess of $114,000 in NCHA earnings to date and One Stylish Pepto selling for a whopping $120,000 at last year’s Landmark Classic Sale.
The three stallions hail from the legendary sire Peptos Stylish Oak that has bred more than 875 successful progeny, and come from dam One Moore Spin, the highest money-earning horse in Australian NCHA Open competition and equal world record holder of the highest Open Gold Cup score.
Today’s events include second go round of the Open Derby, second go round of the Open Classic Challenge and the Gold Cup Non Pro.
The NCHA invites locals to come along and check out the action on its three free days – tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday.
Featuring more than 55 traders and food stalls, the annual NCHA Futurity pays out an estimated $700,000 in prize money over the fortnight and showcases some of the best cutting in the world.