Victorian trainer David Geall says it's explosive early speed that has enabled his star greyhound Ferdinand Boy to win 32 races and almost $340,000.
And, he hopes it will be on display again on Tuesday when Ferdinand Boy contests the second heat of the Devonport Chase, formerly the Devonport Cup.
The white brindle dog has drawn box 2 and tab.com.au rates him a $1.10 favourite to advance to the $25,000-to-the-winner final on November 26.
Geall said Ferdinand Boy had been "a real beauty" for his family - who bred, reared, own and train him - "mainly because he's so quick early".
"He has extraordinary speed and it's held him in good stead for quite some time," the trainer said.
"He will drive hard even if he misses the start by a half length or a length because he doesn't want another dog in front of him to the first turn."
Geall said Ferdinand Boy's fierce will-to-win was in contrast to his off-track nature.
"He's a very relaxed and quiet dog," the trainer said.
"But he's totally different on the track when he switches on and gets white-line fever."
Ferdinand Boy was due to be flown to Tasmania on Monday and stay with Nathan and Susan Gittus in Hobart.
"Because there is a 10-day gap between the heats and final, he will return home then go back again, if he qualifies," Geall said.
"He will then probably stay in Tasmania for the Hobart Thousand."
Geall said he saw no need to trial Ferdinand Boy on the Devonport track prior to his heat.
"He's a very good one-bend dog and the Devonport 452m is similar to what he's used to at Ballarat and Shepparton (where he's won the major cups)," the trainer said.
"I raced him on another similar one-bend track at Sale without trialling him and he won so I don't think it will be a problem."
Geall won a heat of the Devonport Cup in January 2019 with Emerald Rainbow who ran fifth to Corykodi in the final.
Last-to-first performances were almost the order of the day at Elwick on Sunday.
The most notable was the win of $130 outsider Shamzou who threw her head up in the air at the start of the Maiden Plate and settled three or four lengths behind the rest of the field.
She was still last approaching the home turn and had to go wider than any other runner as she stormed home to score by just over a length.
It was a similar story in the following race, although not quite as dramatic.
Fighting Floyd settled at the rear and was the widest runner on the corner as he overpowered his rivals to win the Benchmark 62 by a half length.
Later in the day, eight-year-old grey Ivoryman also came from last and plotted a wide course as he got up to score by a long head.
Fighting Floyd's trainer Imogen Miller said it was obvious early in the day that the outside of the track was the place to be.
"We thought his inside draw (barrier 2) wasn't ideal on the day but luckily he (Brandon Louis) navigated a really good path," Miller said.
"The horse got to the outside, where he needed to be, and raced home strongly.
"He was really good and that is obviously his pattern of racing."
Conor Crook increased his lead on the drivers' premiership and, in the process, brought up his 200th career win at Devonport on Sunday night.
Crook landed a treble on Juniper, Kuyomi and Lip Reader, with the middle pin bringing up his milestone.
He now has 78 wins for the season and a handy seven-win buffer over Troy McDonald with everyone else out of contention.
Crook has steadily progressed up the premiership table since settling in Tasmania with 21, 31 and 71 wins in the past three seasons.
The all-the-way win by Carols Judge at Devonport was a nice result for local owners Brett and Ian Collins and Peter Jones.
They bred the three-year-old filly so, as well as the $6600 in stakemoney, they picked up a $10,000 Tasbred bonus.
"We celebrated deep into the morning," Brett Collins said.
The owners use the word 'judge' in most of their horses' names, after having success with Modern Judge whose wins included the $20,000 Yearling Sale Classic in Hobart.
Carols Judge galloped in the early part of the score-up but settled down quickly and was able to hold the lead from her pole draw.
Trainer-driver Todd Rattray had a worry-free run from then on, as the $3.10 favourite cruised home by 13m.
The Tasmanian Turf Club will honour two passionate racing supporters at its meeting on Wednesday night with the running of the Shane Yates Memorial and Vale Rosanne Roles Maiden.
Yates died last year and Roles passed away last week, both after long battles with cancer.
Yates had a 44-year career in sports media and was a racecaller from the age of 16.
Roles was her late husband Terry's greatest supporter and highly respected in the wider racing community.
Terry Roles, a Hall Of Fame trainer, fought MND for two years before dying suddenly in June.
It's been an incredibly sad period for their daughters Erin and Sophie who said this on Facebook -
"(Mum) had a tough battle over the last 18 months which she fought bravely every step of the way. She is now resting, reunited with Dad.
"Thank you to all of the friends, family and the exceptional medical professionals that have supported us on this journey."
Rosanne's funeral will be held at the Rotary Pavilion in Deloraine on Friday starting at 2pm.
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