It is surprising to see how much of an audience he has on social media. Each race day, #FlyingFernando and #FernandoBale were trending topics on Twitter. Today, they’re still popular. The enthusiasm and support from racing fans all around the world is obvious, even today. From well-wishes to the newly retired athlete to nostalgia for his first races almost a year ago, FERNANDO BALE was and will forever be a sensation in the world of greyhound racing.
Owned by Paul Wheeler and trained by Andrea and Tom Dailly, Australia’s FERNANDO BALE (US-bred KELSOS FUSILEER X AUS-bred CHLOE ALLEN) began his career in December 2014. He broke maiden in his third career start at The Meadows Park in Victoria, Australia and became the hot dog newcomer to the Victoria, Australia iditarod. Quickly he moved on from newcomer status to run at the head of the pack.
After a jaw-dropping victory in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup (515m) at Angle Park in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia on October 2nd, 2015, the dapper white and dark brindle male was the world’s first greyhound ever to win over $1 million in racing prize money. Check out the race, below:
While some argue he’s the greatest greyhound athlete of all time, none can dispute he breathed new life into greyhound racing. Fernando gained fans all over the world with his calm track presence and early speed.
And get this: the win from October 2nd was Fernando’s 31st victory. He totaled 35 victories with a record of 35-3-2 from 44 starts. In a career held only over 12 months, he broke records everywhere he went. Among other accolades, Fernando holds split records at the Victoria, Australia tracks of Sandown and The Meadows, as well as Wentworth Park (South Wales). He also holds track records at Traralgon and Bendigo (both in Victoria).
He has seen and done so much in his short career. During his last run, he suffered a slight back injury. At the ripe old age of only 33 months, FERNANDO BALE has been retired. While he flew around the racecourse, everyone flocked to watch the domineering youngster break old track records. #FlyingFernando, indeed!
We’re happy to report Fernando will soon begin stud duties at the picturesque Meticulous Lodge in Devon Meadows, Victoria, Australia. Cheers to FERNANDO BALE, Wheeler, Dailly, and all connections on such a short, though prolific, career.