Koblenz On Track For Egg After Shepparton Return

MELBOURNE Cup winner Koblenz is on track for a Golden Easter Egg campaign following his return to the track at Shepparton on Monday night.

Mick Floyd

8 March 2022

MELBOURNE Cup winner Koblenz is on track for a Golden Easter Egg campaign following his return to the track at Shepparton on Monday night.

In his first start since a fractured metatarsal sidelined him in December, Koblenz finished third less than a length behind recent Horsham track record breaker Soda Titan.

Despite being beaten, Geall was pleased with his run.

“He went a little better than we thought he would,” said Geall.

“We knew he was underdone – he’s only had a hand slip at Geelong and a 390m at Ballarat – and we were just going to trial him over 450m but then we saw with the nominations that they had five for a free for all we put him in really at the last moment.

“We thought he’s not going to get under 25.25. I was talking to Jason Thompson at Temora on Sunday and I said he just couldn’t break 25.25 he’s too far underdone. He ran 25.17, but he did run out of steam in the last 50m.

“My brother Jeff took him up there and felt he was a bit over the top and mucked the start up. But 25.17 first run in over 10 weeks is encouraging anyway.”

Importantly, Geall said that Koblenz has pulled up well following the gallop and is showing no signs of the injury that curtailed his summer campaign and is ready to ramp up preparations for an assault on the three-week Golden Easter Egg series.

“We’re going to have to bump him straight up to 500m next Saturday at The Meadows, or we trial him on the inside track at Geelong,” Geall added.

“With the Geelong Cup now over 520m it puts him in the picture (should Sydney not work out).

“So we’ll work out what we’ll do on Saturday and then we’ll go to Wentworth Park on Saturday week. But I don’t want to just keep trialling him, he needs competition.”

With the recent retirement of Tommy Shelby, Koblenz is now the highest prize money earner in the country still racing slightly ahead of Wow She’s Fast.

Success in the Golden Easter Egg, a race won by both his sire (Fernando Bale) and dam (Up Hill Jill), would see Koblenz become the ninth greyhound to pass $1 million in prize money.

Geall also confirmed that Ferdinand Boy will return to defend his Shepparton Cup title and that the three-time Country Cup winner will again be hard to beat.

“Ferdinand Boy was very unlucky in the Temora Cup,” he said.

“He didn’t jump but he pushed up well, and after copping a couple checks early he still looked like he was going to go to the lead. Next minute he got cut off and it was all over.

“He’ll go in the Shepparton Cup. He’s back to where he was 12 months ago when he won the Shepparton Cup, I reckon he’s going just as fast now.”