Day At The Track

Fergies Son gets a second chance

10:21 PM 16 Dec 2016 NZDT
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Micheal Ferguson
Micheal Ferguson

Micheal Ferguson is keeping the family name dominant within the harness racing industry with 105 winners from 952 drives, 16 of them being this season thus far including a driving double at Northam last night.

To start off his night of success, Ferguson saluted for the second week in a row with Boy O Boy trained and prepared out of Serpentine by young trainer Caris Hamilton-Smith.

"I’m really happy with how he went last night, he has definitely enjoyed the good draws of late.” – said Hamilton-Smith.  “He travelled strongly throughout the run and came back with the plugs in, he’s pulled up super.”           

After being sidelined due to a wrist injury and having driven the Dream Away gelding for nine out of his thirteen starts for Hamilton-Smith, she passed the reins over to Ferguson.

“Micheal has been doing a great job driving him for the last few starts with me being injured, he’s helped me a lot in the past six months at the races and on the track.  The horse as always run for him so I’ve been more than happy to put him on.”

Fergusons’ double came with sentimental value driving Fergies Son to victory for his father Brian.

“It’s a good feeling getting a winner but an even better one when it’s for the family!  I know the time that get’s put into this horse, he deserves all of the success he gets.” – said Ferguson.

His breeder gave Fergies Son to Brian after Brian broke the pacer in.   Although he showed potential as a two and three-year-old, they had trouble teaching the son of Northern Luck to pace. 

Brian found himself asking, what do you do with a horse that has a heart of gold but is not suited for racing?    He was given to a lady whose daughter, like many wanted a pony.   For three years he posed as the little girls hack and was treated like he was part of the family, however at the start of this year was returned back to Brian for a second chance at life on the track. 

Having three years to mature, in January he returned to Brian to start work from the Byford Trotting Complex and in March commenced trials.

Fergies Son has been out of the money on only one out of six occasions since returning to the track including three winning victories.

ANOTHER up and coming trainer who enjoyed success last night was Kayla Trewenack.

Having only had her trainers licence for just less than twelve months, Trewenack had her first taste of winning success when Excuse Me Sir, driven brilliantly by Dean Miller and also owned by Trewenack saluted in the last at Northam.

“I’ve only had seven starters, I thought it would take a lot longer than thiw to get my first winner.  It is an unreal and rewarding feeling.”

by Ashlea Brennan

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