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Ferraris Family Go Ballistic

Luke is on the board in Hong Kong

Justifying generous advance notices, Luke Ferraris savoured maiden Hong Kong success in the best possible fashion by producing a copybook ride on Go Ballistic to win the Class 5 Heung Yip Handicap, simultaneously delivering his father David’s first winner of the 2021/22 season at Happy Valley on Wednesday.

Riding in his 21st race in Hong Kong since relocating from South Africa, the 19-year-old was hoisted into his father’s arms in a telling show of post-race emotion after Go Ballistic notched his first victory at his 27th start.

Luke and David and a memorable moment (Pic – HKJC)

“I didn’t even know he had that in him,” the talented Group 1-winning jockey said of his father’s embrace. “It must have been adrenalin. The last time he did that (lifted his son into his arms), I must have been five (years old).

“Very fitting that the first winner was for Dad. I’m over the moon to have my first winner in Hong Kong. It’s a bit of a feat and to have it for Dad is the cherry on top.”

The Hong Kong Jockey Club reports that raised in Hong Kong before returning to the land of his birth, Ferraris is the most recent addition to Hong Kong’s decorated riding ranks and he has quickly learned the value of opportunities.

“It’s a lot more competitive here. The opportunities are harder to come by than elsewhere. The racing here is very well run and getting the opportunities is the big thing because if you don’t have the horse, you don’t have the horse.”

Ferraris could scarcely have done more to showcase his talents than with his tactically brilliant display aboard Go Ballistic in a display which left his father suitably impressed.

“It’s like a dream for us,” Ferraris Senior said. “His father might be battling, but at least his son’s on his way, so I’m very happy with that.

Luke Ferraris steers Go Ballistic to victory (Pic – HKJC)

“He’s a top rider, he’s a multiple Group One-winning jockey and he can hold his own anywhere. The trainers will see that.”

As for Go Ballistic, Ferraris was pleasantly surprised by the gelding’s effort.

“He’s been dreadfully disappointing, he’s by a very average stallion Duke Of Marmalade – a very poor stallion – but he looks a million dollars, so hopefully he can win in Class 4,” he said.

The South African-bred winner was formerly trained by Ormond Ferraris and registered his only previous win at Turffontein on 10 June 2018.

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12 comments on “Ferraris Family Go Ballistic

  1. Logan Govender says:

    hope you win many more Luke.

  2. Dylan Cunha says:

    Top class, well done Luke. I’m sure many more ahead!

  3. Mano says:

    Well done Luke,top ride.Wish u many more winners.

  4. Paul says:

    So Duke of Marmalade is now suddenly a very poor stallion – or am I missing something???

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Paul Renda
      That text is as incoming from Mr Ferraris’ quote to the HKJC journalist

  5. Paul says:

    Understood as such.

  6. Peter De Beyer says:

    Duke’s best performance in his 5 years here so far was last season when 10th on the SA sires list. So far just a single local Gr1 winner (Temple Grafin). He was a great racehorse, and has been given every opportunity locally at stud.
    He did sire 5 Gr1 winners before being imported to SA, 4 of those in his 2012 crop.
    His overseas runners excelled over trips of 2400m and further, and on ground very different to here. Local conditions therefore may be part of the reasons. Interestingly, a lot of his recent local winners have been on poly.
    He is thus just an average SA sire and in world terms that’s no great shakes.
    In international terms, the statement by D Ferraris is therefore quite understandable.

  7. Steve Reid says:

    Its refreshing to hear the truth spoken without fear of upsetting racing royalty. The stallion has proven disappointing of that theres no question.

    Wouldn’t it be great to have a David Ferraris of the world on the SAEHP brainstrust? Faw fewer fairy tales would be spun.

  8. M(artin)Gram(matica) says:

    @Steve Reid I couldn’t agree with you more. Every time a new date is given for the audit to be done I have vivid flashbacks of Groundhog Day

  9. Rod Mattheyse says:

    Perhaps the trainer and owners of Rain in Holland would be offended that her championship status is forgotten as group 1.

    Even average moderate stallion sons of Fort Wood can get a good one and really look forward to the International Group 1’s sired by Elusive Fort.

  10. Roy says:

    Well done luke,keep up the good work


    1. Editor says:

      Roy Naidoo

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