WHEN 16-year-old Luke Ferraris won Race 9 over 1200m at Scottsville on Saturday for his grandfather Ormond he set a record of sorts because the winner, Autumn Rain, is owned by his father David.
By all accounts, this is the first time in history a father-son-grandfather team combined in a race to win, and if anyone can prove the contrary please do!
We’ve seen the O’Brien family combine in Ireland, with father Aidan using sons Joseph and Donnacha to ride for him; and Donnacha now rides for trainer Joseph and perhaps when Aidan is a grandfather one day we’ll have the same, but that is many years away as both Joseph and Donnacha are not even married yet.
In South Africa we’ve had several brothers (or cousins) ride at the same time, like Freddy and Dick Macaskill, the Wucherpfennig brothers, Patrick and Theo Zurcher, ‘Ampie and Sampie’ Calitz, Neville and Cedric Benecke, Charles and Tobie van Booma, Glen and Garth Puller, Karl and Mark Neisius and more recently the father-son in Andrew Fortune and Aldo Domeyer; or brother combinations like Cookie and Stanley Amos, but never father-son-grandfather!
Luke’s father David, speaking from Hong Kong after the race, told Turf Talk: “It is 23:15 here and we’re still celebrating, we are over the moon and very proud!”
David said that KZN trainer Frank Robinson also deserved a mention and explained: “Frank found this horse for us at a dispersal sale, I think it was some of Alyson Wright’s patrons dissolving a partnership, so I bid on him and I didn’t get him because the reserve price was R200,000 and I thought that was too high.
“But Frank had a look, came back to me and suggested we offer 200k so I did, and we got him. Autumn Rain has earned near R140,000 back and he’s only three. So well done to Frank for also being a part of this history!”
David’s orange-and-white silks were originally owned by his own grandfather, Ernest Ferraris.
Photo by Candiese Marnewick.