The inaugural National Futurity was run in 1964 as an event for bitches to complement the National Derby which had begun a year earlier. The first winner of the National Futurity was Cultured Girl.
Like the Derby, the National Futurity called Harold Park home in the late 1980s when Wentworth Park underwent a revamp, and it also moved to The Gardens in Newcastle from 2009 until 2015.
Upon its return to Wentworth Park, it was Hunter Valley mentor Jason Mackay who took out the race with Zipping Midge.
Some of the brilliant females to have won the Futurity include Promises Free (1982), Winifred Bale (1983), Turbo Top (1984), and Striker Light (2017).
In 2020 it was Zipping Veyron, who joined 2013 winner Sometimes Speedy and 2015 winner Zipping Midge as winners of the feature for Jason Mackay.
A year on and Zipping Veyron's owners Marty and Fiona Hallinan were winning another National Futurity when their talented young bitch Zipping Sapporo scored a strong win in the 2021 edition.
The bitch's win was the first leg of an incredible double for the Hallinans and young trainer Luke Adams, who less than an hour later would win the National Derby with Zipping Sapporo's litter brother Zipping Moose.
On Futurity night in 2022 quinellas were the theme of the evening with littermates Slingshot Hooks and Slingshot Jonesy running one-two in the Derby, and Victorian trainer Peter Presutto training the first two in the National Futurity.
Presutto's Idolize flew the lids and clocking a very slick 5.33s to the first mark, was a clear leader around the first bend and her rivals would not get close to her.
Kennelmate Chic ran home strongly to get second albeit more than 4 lengths behind the winner with local Coco Model collecting third.
In 2023, we saw one of the most emotional and extraordinary wins in the races history.
Wyndra All Class, trained by Daniel Gatt, took out the race from Victorian Baby Jaycee and South Australian Victa Marli, but it was the story behind the greyhound that captivated a nation.
Owners Brian and Sue Barton were on track to celebrate the victory, albeit with Sue battling terminal brain cancer and only having left hospital hours earlier after a scare the night before.
Their girl 'Annie' ran the race of her life to claim the Group 1 feature, with cheers and tears raining around the Wentworth Park circuit in one of the most popular feature race results in some time.
2023 Group 1 Ladbrokes National Futurity Winner Wyndra All Class with connections
2022 Group 1 Ladbrokes National Futurity winner Idolize and runner up Chic with connections
2022 Group 1 Ladbrokes National Futurity Winner Idolize