Johnnyart shows courage to win for Rawlings

04:26 PM 15 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Johnnyart fighhts back on the rails to defeat Im Shouting
Johnnyart fighhts back on the rails to defeat Im Shouting

STOWPORT harness trainer Andrew Rawlings has always believed his five-year-old pacer Johnnyart had another win in him and at Carrick Paceway in the North of the state today the gelding celebrated his second career win.

With experienced reinsman Rohan Hillier in the cart, Johnnyart showed good early speed to lead from barrier two and held the lead comfortably to the home turn.

However, he was clearly headed by Im Shouting (Todd Rattray) in the home straight and that horse looked set to win the Trevor Mazzone Memorial over 1670 metres.

But Johnnyart showed great courage to fight back, regain the lead and go on and score by a long neck from Im Shouting with Almondine Gem (Brent Parish) over three metres away third.

Johnnyart had won only one race from 31 starts but he had notched seven minor placings that have at least helped pay the training fees.

The Trevor Mazzone Memorial was the second race on card of what was the club’s centenary meeting.

The Carrick club opted to forego staging the meeting on a Friday with Sky coverage instead opting to run the meeting on a Saturday with on-course Tote facilities only and with no statewide broadcast of the events.

Peter Staples

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