Ferguson Gets Trotting Double at Addington

Ferguson Gets Trotting Double at Addington

Bruce Stewart

18th December 2020

Wyndham driver Craig Ferguson had just two drives at Addington today and he won both.

Smokin Badar got the double underway and looks to have turned a corner under Ferguson’s care.

Smokin Bandar winning for Craig Ferguson – Photo Race Images

The erratic but talented trotter won at long odds at Winton before backing that up with a win and a third at Addington before today’s victory.

Smokin Bandar was bred by Southern Harness Chairman Tom Kilkelly and is a half-brother to the equally talented Madrik.

“They sent him out to Wyndham just to try the pool to help sort him out. He’s brilliant to drive and perfect at home. It was just the stand starts he was having trouble with. He’s had a few runs now and got a bit of confidence,” Ferguson said.

He sat parked in today’s race, clinging on to win by half a neck.
“It was windy at Addington. He kept on fighting and I don’t think the other horse was going to get past him so it was a pretty good run really. He still had a bit left and I think he was knocking off a bit at the line. I don’t think it’ll be his last win.”

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Later in the Fast Ten programme Ferguson handled Dark Horse for Branxholme trainer Nathan Williamson who was supervising his team at the Winton Workouts.

The eight year old mare impressively beat a former Williamson trained Splash Cola by three and a quarter lengths running the 1980 metre mobile in 2-24.7.

She settled in the last half of the field early before getting on the back of Pres The Belle and Heavyweight Hero who both began to improve with a lap to run. Inside the last 400 metres Ferguson peeled the southern mare out of the one one and brought her three wide to issue her challenge. She won with a bit in hand.

“She felt super today. She travelled pretty good in the running and felt like she was going to be pretty hard to beat. She’s got high speed and when she got the run she did, she was just too quick for them.”

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The time equalled the New Zealand Mares record for the distance which Dark Horse now shares with Missalyssa.

Dark Horse – Photo Race Images

It was Dark Horse’s twelfth win for the well-travelled Griffins and Seafield Trotting Syndicates.