TALENTED concession driver Corey Johnson is hoping to celebrate his birthday in style.
Turning 17 today, the still wet behind the ears reinsman will partner Coolbreeze in the final event at Globe Derby tonight.
Since registering his maiden victory with Emerging Art last June Johnson has quickly established himself as one of South Australia’s leading young drivers.
“Getting a winner at any time is great but it would be pretty special if I win a race on my birthday,” Johnson said.
“I’ll certainly be giving it my best.”
Prepared by Johnson’s father, Coolbreeze is one of the main chances despite the arduous task ahead.
Racing in solid form, the trotter shares the 30-metre back mark with Kano Imogen, which Johnson rates as the biggest threat.
Also competing in stylish fashion, Kano Imogen has won three of her last four starts, including a victory against similar company last weekend when Coolbreeze finished third.
The pair also began from 30 metres on that occasion.
“He has been working great, eating well and is happy….his usual self,” Johnson said. “Hopefully he can get away a bit quicker and give himself more of a chance.
“Kano Imogen is a very nice mare which is in top form and is the one to beat again.
“It’s pretty much the same field as last week and with a bit of luck we can do a little better this time.”