FERDINAND Boy held off local hope Dr Tucker to win the inaugural Horizon during Sunday’s Sale greyhound racing meet.
In a thrilling finish, $2.30 favourite Ferdinand Boy ran a slick 24.59-second 440 metres to defeat Dr. Tucker, trained by Bill McMahon at Darriman, by less than half a length. Dream Wizard, trained by Sean Lithgow at Devon Meadows, finished third, a further length and a third away.
The $25,000 earned from winning the Horizon took Ferdinand Boy’s career prize money to $193,220.
Trained by David Geall at Lara, Ferdinand Boy has nine wins from his past 12 starts, including the group two Ballarat Cup and group three Shepparton Cup. The dog was 22 wins from 38 career starts.
Ferdinand Boy took a couple of strides to get going and then had to fend off group three Great Chase winner Dr. Tucker, who was chasing his fourth consecutive win since returning from five months on the side lines with a hock injury.
The GRV Vic Bred Series restricted win final, also over 440m, was won by Perfect Product, trained by Graeme Jose at Catani.
Perfect Product and Tiger Isla, trained at Maffra by Des Douch, was battling for the lead before the former got away entering the home straight to win by just over two lengths and claim the $4250 winner’s cheque.
Keira Spolly, trained by Steve Spoljaric at Kilmany, won the race three 440m maiden, edging out Chilly Slater.
Bernadette, trained by Jenny Gill at Darriman, won race four, a 440m grade seven, by a length from Dr Lysandra, trained by Judy McMahon at Darriman.
Race seven, a 520m mixed grade four and five, was won by General Collinda for Steph Tyler at Boisdale, a length ahead of favourite West Of Westeros, also trained at Boisdale, by Dawn Johnston.
The night’s biggest win came in race nine, a 440m mixed grade six and seven.
Wigram Road, trained by Cheryle Ragen at Kilmany, took led towards the end of the back straight and never looked back, winning by seven lengths. Madalia Pixie finished second for Kathleen Fogarty at Heyfield.
Go Emmy Go, trained by Corey Fulford at Bundalaguah, won a heat of the 440m grade five series. Angel Eyes finished third for Carolyn Jones at Rosedale to also advance to next Sunday’s final.
The other heats were won by Aubameyang (for Peter Martinovic at Koo Wee Rup) and Blazing Nenna (Mark Delbridge at Balliang).
Sir Harley, trained by David Crawford at Pearcedale, won the race one 440m maiden, five lengths clear of My Mate Damien, trained by Ragen.
The race two 440m maiden was won by Jayville Menace for Todd Chatwin at Johnstonville.
Zipping Zarbo, trained by Deb Coleman at Lara, was the clear winner of race six, a 440m mixed grade four and five. Nicholas Rose, trained by Jeff Chignell at Rosedale, just missed second place by a nose.