2 consecutive trebles for apprentice jockey Brooke Johnson.

Published 7 August 2023

2 consecutive trebles for apprentice jockey Brooke Johnson.

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Rockhampton apprentice jockey Brooke Johnson continued her amazing winning streak at Yeppoon races last Saturday riding her second consecutive treble for the week.

In fact, by winning on her first three race rides at Keppel Park aboard Flaming Asteroid ($6.00), Miss Gaga ($2.50) and So Obelia ($2.50), Brooke tallied up six winners in succession.

The previous Saturday at Bundaberg her only three rides netted the winners Russian Whisper (QTIS Plate), Stocial (Lightning) and Kobie Rocks (Bundaberg Cup).

Bear in mind though, that those two venues followed Brooke being sidelined with a broken nose and facial injuries, requiring surgery since she previously rode in races on July 1 at Clermont.

No surprises there either really, as Brooke rode a winning double claiming the Clermont Cup in the process on Starsonic.

Lone behold, this morning on Monday at Keppel Park, Yeppoon barrier trials, Brooke did it all over again winning the card of trials on Freckle Rock, Papasito and Stavanger.

Not surprisingly, Brooke, a delightful young lady who celebrates her 21st birthday in September, was rightly chuffed about her 10 days of riding while refreshingly humble as well.

“Yes, I am very happy about how it is all going but I couldn’t have done it without Clinto”, she exuded.

“Clinto” is trainer Clinton Taylor to whom Brooke is indentured in Rockhampton.

We’ll get to Clinton’s thoughts on Brooke shortly but firstly let’s examine more thoroughly the recent record of the pocket dynamo apprentice who can ride at 50kg.

When I did so, I was thrilled albeit surprised to take in her achievements over the last few months.

Brooke Johnson has won 18 races at seven of the last nine meetings at which she has ridden.

For the record, Brooke commenced race riding at Thangool on July 22 last year with her debut win that day on Grand De Lago, the first of her 43 victories to date.

Prior to the Clermont double on July 1, she rode doubles at Gayndah (10/6), Mackay (8/6) and Emerald (20/5) just a week after a “double-double” (4 winners) at Bowen the previous Saturday.

Brooke broke the winning sequence at Bowen (3/6) and Thangool (5/6) where she only had minimal rides.

Back to her boss Clinton Taylor, a hard-working horseman trainer at Callaghan Park who toils and travels long hours and is very so appreciative of Brooke’s work ethics and pleasant persona.

“Brooke is a natural riding talent. Her work ethics are second to none. Horses run for Brooke as she has brilliant balance. We have worked hard with her in judging pace and reading a race. She is certainly reaping the benefits and she is such a good listener willing to learn and improve. Brooke has certainly improved immensely over the last six months”, Clinton Taylor said.

What he did not say was Clinton, a former jockey himself rides a stack of horses trackwork alongside Brooke on the training tracks each morning at Callaghan Park.

As they ride, Taylor talks and teaches and Brooke listens, akin to tutoring on horseback.

Taylor used Brooke Johnson’s winning ride on Giga Kick’s full sister Miss Gaga at Yeppoon last Saturday as an example of her jockeying poise.

“That was a perfect ten out of ten ride and Brooke made all the difference between winning and losing”, Clinton said.

As an aside Taylor and Johnson have completed the mission of winning a race with Miss Gaga which leaves Rockhampton on Tuesday being transported to stud in NSW.

Brooke heads north the same day (8/8) for two engagements at Mackay races for Kerrod Smyth on Fay Fafe (R 4 -TAB 4) and Jennifer Hatfield on Flying Shamus (R 7 – TAB 7).

On Saturday, Johnson is certain to be in demand at the big Gladstone Cup meeting.

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