VOID of luck in last weekend’s South Australia Trotters’ Cup, Coolbreeze is in a solid position to claim a minor consolation tonight.
First-up for four months in the Group Two, Coolbreeze contacted another sulky during the run before finishing a noteworthy sixth as Izmok raced to victory.
Pleased with the squaregaiter’s progress trainer Lane Johnson has elected to back-up Coolbreeze in Port Pirie tonight.
“He has come through the run fine and been training one well,” Johnson said. “It was his first start since October so the run has done him good.
“He will be fitter for the outing tonight, which he will need to be.”
Despite facing a 40-metre handicap the son of Jeremes Jet – which will be driven by Johnson’s son Corey – is the early favourite.
Gotta React is considered the biggest threat from the front line.
“His handicap makes it difficult but not impossible,” Johnson said. “If the race was over an extra half lap for example I’d consider him a much stronger chance, but 2050 metres will be a task for him.”
With several country cups programmed during the next couple of months Johnson will aim Coolbreeze at the provincial features beginning with Strathalbyn on February 24.
“This run should help top him off nicely for the Strathalbyn Cup the following week,” Johnson said. “There are a few cups coming up so that’s the way I will head with him.”