Ferdinand Boy's Feature Dominance Continues

"EXPLOSIVE" is how David Geall describes brilliant sprinter Ferdinand Boy, winner of Sunday night's inaugural The Horizon at Sale.

David Brasch

7 June 2021

“EXPLOSIVE” is how David Geall describes brilliant sprinter Ferdinand Boy.

“He missed it three-quarters, was galloped on from behind, but still won!”

That is how Geall described Ferdinand Boy’s victory in the inaugural running of The Horizon (440m) at Sale on Sunday night.

The son of Fernando Bale and Nayla Swift held off a determined Dr Tucker to win by half-a-length in 24.59 with Dream Wizard a length further back in third.

It took his record to 38 starts for 22 wins and eight placings and his stakes to $187,000.

“Yes, he’s an explosive dog,” Geall said.

“He’s pulled up with a bit of a laceration on his near side hind leg after being galloped on in running. It stopped his momentum and allowed Dr Tucker to get to him.

“But he will be OK.”

The laceration will not stop Ferdinand Boy contesting the inaugural Pink Diamond series heats at Geelong later in the week.

The Horizon adds to an ever-increasing list of highlights for Ferdinand Boy who had already won the G2 Shepparton and Ballarat Cups, run a track record at Shepparton, and won the Shepparton Classic and Warrnambool Derby.

Meanwhile, Geall’s youngster Hill Top Jack (Fernando Bale-Up Hill Jill) has won his way into the Cranbourne Winter Classic Final (520m) with a heat win on Saturday.

Geall was surprised with Hill Top Jack’s winning time at Cranbourne.

“When I saw 30.07 come up it was a surprise,” said David. “I think he was a bit tired of being second fiddle to Koblenz.”

The Barcia Bale-Up Hill Jill litter will go to be educated in six weeks and the Gealls have bought semen for both Kinloch Brae and Feral Frankly for Up Hill Jill.

“The Kinloch Brae mating will be next and Feral Franky will be her last litter,” Geall added.

Champion Up Hill Jill’s first litter of nine have all won and Koblenz has won 12 of 17 starts and $56,000.

Up Hill Jill’s second litter, by Barcia Bale, are 15 months.