Ferdinand Boy Eyes $50k Bonus At The ‘Bool

FERDINAND Boy’s bid to secure a third country crown for 2021 begins on Thursday when he steps out in heat six of the Group 2 Warrnambool Cup.

Adam Dobbin

27 April 2021

FERDINAND Boy’s bid to secure a third country crown for 2021 begins on Thursday night when the son of Fernando Bale steps out in heat six of the Group 2 Warrnambool Cup (450m).

And if the prolific winning sprinter lands the Warrnambool showpiece he’ll secure Dave and Rose Geall a lucrative $97,000 payday, picking up GRV’s $50,000 bonus for winning three country cups in a calendar year on top of the $47,000 first prize.

“It’s a great prize to be chasing – he’s good enough and he’s fast enough but these big races come down to luck and box draws,” Geall offered.

“When you’re racing dogs of this caliber you need everything to go right but the good thing is it’s only April and we’ve got the rest of the year to hopefully win the bonus. But there’s no guarantees.”

Ferdinand Boy steams into Thursday night’s star-studded heats in insatiable form, winning his past six in succession, performances which have ascended him to the top of the Victorian sprinting ranks.

Included in that sequence of wins is victories in the Group 2 Ballarat and Shepparton Cups, the Shepparton triumph in track record breaking fashion.

“He’s a dog that’s just continued to get faster as I’ve stepped him up in grade – the better they get the better he gets,” Geall said.

“And it’s a trait I see in all the offspring of Where’s Demonica no matter how far down the line. Up Hill Jill, My Redeemer, Emerald Rainbow, Fernando Drums – they all have this remarkable determination to compete.

“They just want to race and win and I’m seeing it now in Ferdinand Boy. When he went to group company I honestly thought he’d be 2-3 lengths off that class but he’s just gone to another level.” 

Winner at 19 of his 32 starts, Ferdinand Boy has also landed spirited wins in the Shepparton Classic (450m) and Warrnambool Derby (450m), performances that have proven to be the stepping stone to his recent Group race onslaught.

“For him it’s just about stepping with the field – if he does that extraordinary pace and will to compete kicks in,” Geall added.

“He trialled sensationally at Sandown last Saturday week and he’ll go into Thursday night with a 12-day break which will have him fresh.

“After Warrnambool I might look at some two-turn races for him but with the bonus there for another country cup win it’s something we’ll be concentrating on as well.”

The last greyhound to claim GRV’s $50,000 bonus for winning three country cups was the Anthony Azzopardi-trained Zambora Brockie.

In 2016, the now stud sensation landed victories in the Horsham, Warrnambool and Ballarat Cups, delivering connections a cool $50,000 in the process.

Some of the other notable entries for Thursday night’s eight Warrnambool Cup heats include Catch The Thief, Shima Shine, Weblec Jet, Equalizer, Tiggerlong Tonk and Yozo Bale.