8 May 2023

Drakenstein Stud’s increasingly successful resident sire Futura is enjoying a wonderful season this year, and the former Horse Of The Year captured yet another feature race when Futura’s three-year-old son Future Pearl ran out a hugely impressive winner of the G3 World Sports Betting Gold Bowl, run at Turffontein on Sunday.

Given a very positive ride by apprentice Donald Geerthsen, the Sean Tarry trained gelding turned Sunday’s R250 000 feature into a one-horse race. Hitting the front just as the field turned for home, Future Pearl stormed away to win the 2023 Gold Bowl by three and quarter lengths.

Runner-up Arumugam (a son of former Drakenstein sire Duke Of Marmalade) was a further nine and three-quarter lengths clear of third-place finisher Flying First Class.

Bred by Drakenstein Stud, the progressive Future Pearl, runner-up to eventual G1 WSB SA Derby winner Son Of Raj in this season’s Listed 4Racing Derby Trial, has now three of 12 starts for earnings of R411 375.
The gelding, who is out of the Al Mufti mare Arabian Pearl, was an R525 000 buy from the 2021 National Yearling Sale.

His four-time G1 winning sire Futura, a half-brother to the dam of this season’s G3 Three Troikas Stakes heroine Miss Cool, has already enjoyed plenty of feature race success this season with his flagbearers also including Rockpool (G3 Politician Stakes), Ekoria (Breeders Guineas), Thefutureisbright (Durbanville Cup) and Dawnofanewday (World Sports Betting Scarlet Lady).

Futura’s runners have already earned more than R4.433 million in prize money this season, more than such stallions as Var, Captain Al and Soft Falling Rain.

Original article written by Cape Breeders Club.