South African Horse Of The Year Off The Mark

The Drakenstein Stud based Futura, South Africa’s Horse Of The Year in 2014-2015, supplied his first winner, when his two-year-old son Karnallie got off the mark at Turffontein on Guineas day.

Bred by the Heritage, the Corne Spies trained Karnallie showed plenty of courage in getting up to win close home over 1160m and score by a head, under jockey Craig Zackey.

The gelding, owned by Corne Spies Racing, is out of the Parade Leader mare Ariza.

Karnallie, making his third start at Wednesday’s meeting, and Future Fame (placed on debut) are two of just four runners to have represented their brilliant sire Futura thus far.

One of three sons of former July winner and Horse Of The Year Dynasty to be named South African Horse Of The Year, Futura was an exceptional racehorse whose nine wins, from 18 outings, included triumphs in all of the 2015 G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, 2015 G1 J&B Met, and the G1 Champions Cup (with Futura landing the Champions Cup in both 2014 and 2015).

Futura, unplaced just twice in his 18 starts, earned over R4.3 million during his racing career and was named not only Horse Of The Year but also Champion Older Male and Champion Middle Distance Horse in 2014-2015.

The champion, whose close relatives include multiple G1 winners Aslan and Angelina, is directly descended in female line from the remarkable mare Ranai, dam of English classic winners Watling Street (Derby) and Garden Path (2000 Guineas).

Futura, who also has some exceptional prospects coming up on the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, has five yearlings on offer at the Cape Yearling Sale this month including a half-brother (Lot 1) to the smart pair of Kimberley Star and World Radar, a filly (Lot 95) out of a four-time winning daughter of Fastnet Rock, and a filly (Lot 124) out of Spook Express Handicap winner Rubirosa.