Drakenstein stallion Futura cracked the ice in fine style for a maiden stakes score when his handsome son Nourbese beat a class line-up of his contemporaries to win the R150 000 Durban Gr2 Golden Horseshoe at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.
South Africa’s Horse Of The Year, Champion Older Male Horse and Champion Middle Distance Horse in 2014-2015, Futura has made a fiery start with his first two-year-olds this year and a half hour earlier his debut winning daughter Jasmine ran a gutsy third in the Gr2 Golden Slipper.
A recent maiden winner, his progressive Corne Spies-trained son Nourbese clearly enjoyed the step up in trip to 1400m – having won both starts over the extra – and he rounded off his 2yo campaign in glittering style here.
Stuart Randolph produced the Ben Botha-bred gelding late at 10-1 and he delivered a strong finish to beat fellow Gautenger Portico (20-1) by a half length in a time 85,59 secs.
Cape stakes winner Erik The Red (5-2) hung on for third, ahead of the luckless Ecstatic Green (4-1) who had to contend with a bumpy passage down the straight.
The winner was a R140 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale and has taken his stakes bank to R159 750. He has won twice with two places from his 5 starts.
Futura has nine lots on the coming week’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.