Ferguson’s remarkable season

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Albany Harness Racing Club's leading trainer Terry Ferguson with Bettorgrinanbarit.
Camera IconAlbany Harness Racing Club's leading trainer Terry Ferguson with Bettorgrinanbarit. Credit: Laurie Benson

Busselton visitor Terry Ferguson wrapped up a remarkable season at Harold Reid Paceway, walking away with the Albany trainers’ premiership at the conclusion of Friday night’s last meet.

Ferguson has been a regular at the Albany Harness Racing Club in the past few seasons and produced 15 winners from 39 starters this season at an outstanding strike rate of almost 40 per cent.

Despite not training a winner at the final meeting of the 2019-20 season, Ferguson finished 15 points clear of runner-up Barry Howlett.

Ferguson was delighted with his stable’s return across the 10 Albany Harness Racing Club meetings.

Albany Harness Racing Club's leading trainer Terry Ferguson.
Camera IconAlbany Harness Racing Club's leading trainer Terry Ferguson. Credit: Laurie Benson

“We’ve always had winners down there, but this year we had a nice team so it was good to do extra-well,” he said.

“I think the Albany track suits our horses — it’s a lovely track and the horses we brought down liked the style of racing there.

“We had some quality types that had lower ratings so they just went through the classes.”

Ferguson also had his runner Bettor Copagoodone claim the AHRC pacer of the year title, winning by a single point over stablemate Bettor Pack It.

Bettor Copagoodone and Bettor Pack It both won three races, but the leading pacer had one more third placing to win the award.

Albany Harness Racing Club's leading trainer Terry Ferguson.
Camera IconAlbany Harness Racing Club's leading trainer Terry Ferguson. Credit: Laurie Benson

“It was a big surprise to the stable — it grew another leg down there,” he said.

“Sports Package really stepped up down there this season — it won at Gloucester Park the start before, then had to do all the work on Saturday night and just went down, but we will aim her at the Oaks.

That race will suit how she likes to run.”

Talented youngster Emily Suvaljko secured the AHRC drivers’ premiership after a breakout season.

Suvaljko led the standings going into the last meeting, in which she had one winner, one second and two third placings to defeat Trent Wheeler by 11 points.

She drove 10 winners from 74 drives during the season.

Emily Suvaljko was the leading driver at the Albany Harness Racing Club this season.
Camera IconEmily Suvaljko was the leading driver at the Albany Harness Racing Club this season. Credit: Taj Stubber

Saturday night’s final meet was headlined by the $10,000 Denmark Cup (2265m).

Howlett notched his second feature race win in Albany this season after My Prayer, driven by Chris Voak, won by 3m over American Delight.

It was part of a winning treble for Howlett.

Trainer-driver Aiden De Campo finished with a winning double on the seven-race card, while Voak also notched two victories in the sulky.

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