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Who won the Shepparton Cup box draw?

Ferdinand Boy may just be the best drawn greyhound in Saturday night’s $67,000 G2 CKH Painting Shepparton Cup Final (450m) after coming up with Box 8.

David Geall’s emerging star has exited the pink alley on six occasions for five wins throughout his 28 start career, a strike rate of 83%, and he appears great value after opening up at $6.50 in the final.

Also in Ferdinand Boy’s favour is the fact that Box 8 has produced the second most winners (15.72%) of any draw over Shepparton’s 450m trip in the past 12 months.

Somewhat surprisingly, Box 4 has produced the most winners over Shepparton’s 450m trip in the past year, with 98 victories from the blue alley from 606 starters prior to Monday’s heats night.

Benchester, the current track record holder over Shepparton’s shorter 385m trip, is drawn in Box 4 in the final, and his record of six wins from 12 starts from the ‘squeeze’ box suggests he could have a major say in the outcome.

Trained by Mark Morrissey, Benchester is the rank outsider at $26, while the favourite is Catch The Thief at $3.30.

HEAT WINNERS
(fastest to slowest)

  • 24.94sec Barooga Smoke
  • 24.99sec Ferdinand Boy
  • 25.01sec Catch The Thief
  • 25.05sec Papi Go Fast
  • 25.06sec Aston Gwen

HEAT 5: The David Geall-trained FERDINAND BOY (6) continued his great form when sweeping past BENCHESTER (3) to score in 24.99sec, the second fastest time of the night.

MUSIC EVENT $4.40
Box 1 record: 5 starts 2-0-1

CATCH THE THIEF $3.30
Box 2 record: 8 starts 5-3-1

PAPI GO FAST $4.40
Box 3 record: 4 starts 3-0-1

BENCHESTER $26
Box 4 record: 12 starts 6-2-1

BAROOGA SMOKE $6.50
Box 5 record: 3 starts 1-2-0

ASTON GWEN $18
Box 6 record: 5 starts 2-1-0

TIGGERLONG TONK $7.50
Box 7 record: 6 starts 2-1-0

FERDINAND BOY $6.50
Box 8 record: 6 starts 5-1-0

*TAB odds as at midday on 16/3/2021

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Andrew Copley
About Andrew Copley - Racing Communication Manager at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 20 years of experience working as a greyhound racing reporter with National Greyhound Form newspaper and GRV. Adopter of celebrity greyhound, Fred Basset.
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