CONCESSION reinsman Corey Johnson is under pressure at Globe Derby tonight.
Affectionately-known by this journalist as ‘Cocky Corey’, the talented youngster will partner Coolbreeze for his trainer-father, Lane.
While that doesn’t scream pressure, Johnson drove Coolbreeze to victory at his previous start before invoking the ‘don’t change a winning format’ clause ahead of this evening’s outing!
“Corey summed up the race ideally last time,” Lane said. “I felt Coolbreeze was the best horse in the race and told Corey to drive him that way.
“At the same time, he had to not get too far ahead of himself, which he balanced perfectly.
“Tonight will be harder, but the horse is in great form and has been working terrific.
“If he can get an even run at them he will be hard to beat.”
Coming from a 20-metre handicap on that occasion, Coolbreeze has been moved back to the 30-metre mark, which he shares with Kano Imogen and Aldebaran Ten.
“Kano Imogen is also in good form and is the one to beat,” Lane said. “It will come down to which one gets the right run.”
With no major plans in mind for Coolbreeze, Lane will continue to select suitable races for the trotter as they are programmed.
“With his injury past he is a day-to-day proposition, so I’ll wait to see how he is after this run and go from there,” Lane said.
“It is pretty much how it is with him after every start.”
HOOFNOTE: Cocky Corey stems from the teenager’s wannabe ‘Fast Eddie’ status at the pool table on the ground floor of Globe Derby…needless to say, this old journo taught him a lesson!