Ferdinand Boy's Record Shepparton Cup Success

TRAINER David Geall is no stranger to winning big races and on Saturday night that continued with Ferdinand Boy winning the Group 2 Shepparton Cup.

Adam Dobbin

21 March 2021

TRAINER David Geall is no stranger to winning big races.

In fact, the Lara trainer has made an artform of it, in particular during the stellar racing careers of his champion duo My Redeemer and Up Hill Jill.

And on Saturday night at Shepparton, Geall added another group race prize with Ferdinand Boy landing the Group 2 CKH Painting Shepparton Cup Final (450m) in track record breaking fashion.

The son of Fernando Bale made full use of box eight to record a remarkable 24.75, bettering the 24.77 mark Hard Style Rico posted when annexing last year’s Shepparton Cup decider.

Winner at 16 of his 29 appearances, Ferdinand Boy, a son of Fernando Bale and Nayla Swift, defeated a fast finishing Catch The Thief by 1 ¼ lengths with Tiggerlong Tonk third another length away.

And while the victory was Ferdinand Boy’s first at group level it wasn’t his maiden feature success, having previously recorded sensational wins in the Shepparton Classic and Warrnambool Derby.

“With so much pace in the race, we were just hoping that he’d lead and run around 6.45sec to the first mark,” Geall said.

“He had to do everything right, and he did what he had to do.”

Geall was quick to heap praise on his flying speedster post race declaring him the fastest greyhounds he’s trained up to 450 metres.

“He’s the best I’ve trained up to 450m, but My Redeemer and Up Hill Jill could step up on the big stage,” Geall said.

“I’ve been trying to talk my wife into the Maitland Cup next month but the Ballarat Cup crosses over.”

On a massive night of racing at Shepparton which gathered extra attention with the postponement of the Golden Easter Egg card at Wentworth Park, Equalizer produced a powerhouse performance in the Cup Night Match Race (450m).

Equalizer began better than usual to go neck and neck with Warragul Cup winner Aeroplane Eric early before streaking clear late to win by 2 ¾ lengths in 24.89.