Johnny attempts to turn back the clock

03:36 AM 16 Nov 2011 NZDT
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Be Good Johnny
Be Good Johnny

Harness racing twelve year old gelding Be Good Johnny will attempt to turn back the clock when he competes in the Cordina Farms Sprint at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.

The son of Fake Left won the Miracle Mile in 2005 and 2006 and while trainer John McCarthy is hoping for a fairy tale result, he is realistic of his chances this weekend.

“The old boy is finding it tough against these young and fast up and comers but he certainly won’t disgrace himself that’s for sure,” McCarthy said.

“I brought him down from Queensland because the Free For All events weren’t standing up at home and I was going to be away for a month, I was bringing a few down for the carnival so he’s come along for the trip and while I am looking at a race like the Bohemia Crystal Free For All on Miracle Mile night for him, I thought he might as well have a crack in one of the Miracle Mile qualifiers in the lead up.”

Be Good Johnny was foaled on the September 23rd 1999 and will compete against New Zealand Cup winner Terror To Love on Saturday night who was born in October 2007.

“It’s hard to believe that by the time Be Good Johnny had won his two Miracle Miles horses like Terror To Love and Franco Jamar hadn’t even been born.”

“Be Good Johnny has been a great horse for me and the family but he can’t go on forever and with me heading off to Perth for a while just after Christmas with Mr Feelgood and Washakie for the feature events including the Inter Dominion I will probably have to make a decision on his future before I go but we will wait and see what happens.”

Tabsportsbet released a market for Saturday night’s Cordina Farms Sprint and Be Good Johnny is quoted at $35. Mr Feelgood has been installed the early favourite at $2.25 narrowly ahead of Terror To Love at $2.50.

The Cordina Farms Sprint is race six on Saturday night and is scheduled to begin at 8:15pm.

Dale WALKER

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