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    THOSE who paid attention to a previous article about Corey Johnson would have been dancing with joy following the third event at Globe Derby... Long shot Johnson scores again
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    THOSE who paid attention to a previous article about Corey Johnson would have been dancing with joy following the third event at Globe Derby during the weekend.

    A couple of months ago www.nationaltrotguide.com.au published a piece highlighting the South Australian youngster’s ability to score with long shots.

    A graduate of the pony trot circuit, 17-year-old Johnson has been successful with the likes of Alemeria, which paid $68.70 on the Tote, and Emerging Art which upstage his more fancied rivals at $51.10!

    Another of Johnson’s winners – Thebattlesjusbegun – was on the fifth line of betting when victorious.

    Registering his eighth victory last Saturday night, Johnson’s latest venture to the winners’ circle was with despised outsider The Octagon.

    Prepared by Francesca Carbone, The Octagon paid a lazy $66.6 – an omen amount given the gelding’s Satan-style treatment towards punters!

    Eased to the tail of the field from the outside of the front row as Ebonyrose led from the pole, The Octagon gained a three-wide trail along the back straight before being angled to the extreme outside on the home turn.

    Responding to vigorous driving the son of Elsu grabbed the lead in the last stride to complete a half-neck win from Lets Go There, with Sucralose two metres away third.

    “Leaving the back I knew he was travelling well, it was just a matter of making up the ground on the leaders,” Johnson said.

    “It felt like we were that wide turning for home I could have painted the outside rail while I was at it.

    “Once straightened he really knuckled down and finished it off brilliantly.”

    Also owned by Carbone, the 10-year-old rated 2:02.6 over 1800 metres to take his record to 18 wins and 40 placings from 193 starts.

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