Winning double seals title for Ferguson
Terry Ferguson all but wrapped up Albany Harness Racing Club’s trainer of the year title after notching a double last Friday night to further extend his margin at the top of the standings.
A winning double shot Ferguson 33 points clear of his nearest rivals, while Byford trainer Peter Anderson also had a successful night with three winners on the nine-race card at Harold Reid Paceway.
Bettor Copagoodone made it successive wins in Albany when she produced a fighting victory by a narrow head in the Aidinville Premium Grains Pace (2265m).
Driven by Emily Suvaljko, Bettor Copagoodone ($2.15 tote chance) led throughout to edge Elect The Starzzz while Cracka Tinny was well supported into $1.85 favourite and finished 10m away in third place.
After successive 10th-place finished at Gloucester Park at her past two outings, Bettorgrinan-barit returned to the winners’ circle for Ferguson in race six.
Reinsman Trent Wheeler steered the $2.30 favourite straight to the lead from gate one on the front line and won by 6.8m over Art Tutor, who was doing his best work late in the race.
The victory gave Ferguson a 13th winner in Albany this season from 32 starters. Anderson had two short-priced favourites salute in the early part of the card.
Well And Truly proved too strong in the opening event and then eight-year-old Artillery Major led throughout at the short odds of $1.28 to win the ASF For Premium Chaff And Hay Pace (2265m) by 1.3m over Soho Jett.
In the final race of the evening, Stride Like A Star broke his maiden status at his 13th career start, defeating three other runners in the small field including $1.80 favourite and stablemate Star Of The Class.
Talented driver Jocelyn Young had a brilliant night in the sulky, finishing with four winners.
Three of those came from the Debra Lewis stable with Verstappen a dominant 30.4m winner in race two.
Athabascan and Adda Girl were the other two Lewis runners to taste success before Young guided Stride Like A Star to victory in the last race.
The battle for the drivers’ premiership remains close with two meetings left, Suvaljko hitting the lead after Friday night.
Suvaljko collected one win, two seconds and two third placings to leap to 59 points in the standings, one ahead of Wheeler.
Corey Peterson (57) and Cody Wallrodt (53) are also in the mix.
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