Race on for top spots

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Elect The Starzzz driven by Shane Butterworth and trained by Peter Fairless after winning the Tom Minchin Memorial Pace (2265m).
Camera IconElect The Starzzz driven by Shane Butterworth and trained by Peter Fairless after winning the Tom Minchin Memorial Pace (2265m). Credit: Laurie Benson

Doubles to trainer Terry Ferguson and driver Cody Wallrodt last Friday night have them in solid positions to claim their respective premierships as the Albany Harness Racing Club season draws to a close.

Ferguson sits more than 20 points ahead of Albany Cup-winning trainer Barry Howlett and local Charlie Draper in the AHRC standings, while Wallrodt has drawn level with Trent Wheeler in the closely fought drivers’ premiership.

Stuart McDonald gets the Cheyenne King-Davies trained Navajo Outawagga up to win the The Whippy Man Pace (2265m).
Camera IconStuart McDonald gets the Cheyenne King-Davies trained Navajo Outawagga up to win the The Whippy Man Pace (2265m). Credit: Laurie Benson

Three meetings are left at Harold Reid Paceway for 2019-20 and only four points separate the top five drivers, with Wallrodt and Wheeler sharing the lead on 53 points, having landed eight and seven wins respectively while Ferguson has proved he is the leading trainer, producing 11 winners for the season from 28 starts.

Leading WA trainer Garry Hall Snr made a rare trip to Albany bringing three runners down last week, all of which started raging favourites and two duly saluted.

Hall teamed up with talented reinsman Stuart McDonald as they scored victory in the Peter Phillips Memorial Pace (2690m) by 6m with My Carbon Copy and then Copy N Pace won the last of the night for the pair in the Clark’s Newsagent Pace (2265m).

Driver Stuart McDonald with the Cheyenne King-Davies trained Navajo Outawagga after winning the The Whippy Man Pace (2265m) .
Camera IconDriver Stuart McDonald with the Cheyenne King-Davies trained Navajo Outawagga after winning the The Whippy Man Pace (2265m) . Credit: Laurie Benson

Wallrodt started the night well, teaming up with Ferguson in the Harold Reid Memorial Fillies and Mares Pace (1832m) with Bettor Copagoodone who led throughout to prevail by 3.5m.

Ferguson’s second winner on the night came in the Albany Scaffold Hire Pace (2648m) when Biederbecke made it two in a row racing clear in a dominant 14.4m win.

Cody Wallrodt driven Bettor Copagoodone wins the Harold Reid Memorial Fillies and Mares Pace (1832m) trained by Terry Ferguson.
Camera IconCody Wallrodt driven Bettor Copagoodone wins the Harold Reid Memorial Fillies and Mares Pace (1832m) trained by Terry Ferguson. Credit: Laurie Benson

On memorial night at AHRC last Friday night, the $10,000 George Hodgson Memorial Entires & Geldings Pace (2265m) as $2.50 favourite Babyface Adda from the Justin Prentice stable proved too strong in the breeze to hand Wallrodt a winning double.

A strong nine-race card will be run tomorrow night at Harold Reid Paceway, starting at 6.35pm.

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