TALENTED young reinsman Corey Johnson continued his climb to the top of South Australia’s Concession Drivers’ Premiership with another upset win at Globe Derby last night.
Boasting a knack for scoring with outsiders, Johnson registered his 19th win for the term which has him positioned second behind Samantha Pascoe on the ladder.
In terms of percentages, Johnson heads his peers with a win at every 9.4 drives.
Kaela Hryhorec is his closest rival with a victory per 11.4 starts.
Since breaking his maiden status with Emerging Art last June, Johnson has worked diligently to establish himself among the top bracket.
The 17-year-old has also done it the hard way by winning with long shots on a regular basis, with some of his steers paying $142.10, $68.70, $66.60 and $51.10!
In recent weeks Johnson has also recorded his first double and treble.
“I’ve been having a bit of luck lately,” Johnson said. “I really have to thank the trainers and owners for entrusting me with the drives behind their horses.”
As for his latest winner, The Sparrow Hawk paid $6.10 when he accounted for Dont Tell William and the $2.20 favourite Regal Scribe in 1:58.5 over 1800 metres.
“He had been consistent in Victoria and was solid when fourth last week in his first start here for Lui (Trotta, trainer),” Johnson said.
“Once I was able to find the front he was always going to be hard to run down.
“On his two efforts here there is no reason why he can’t string a few wins together with the right run.”