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Eight-year-old wins on debut

07 / 10 / 2014 Article by: Peter Staples
Cranbre (Todd Rattray) winning on debut in Launceston icon Click to enlarge

PATIENCE is one of the most valued virtues in racing and at the TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last Sunday night an eight-year-old pacer having his first start was testament to that adage.

Cranbre powered his way to an impressive all-the-way win in the Bevan Lee’s Butchery Stakes over 2200 metres.

Cranbre, prepared at Scottsdale by hobby trainer Julie Johnson showed god early speed to eventually assume control from gate three and once ion front the gelding was rated superbly by Todd Rattray.

He hit the line three metres clear of Gottalovefridays that came from last with Blitzemgamble a game third after facing the breeze throughout.

Cranbre had been plagues by injuries from a young age and Johnson is the third trainer to try and get him to the races.

“He’s had a tough life,” Johnson said.

“He has had a couple of other trainers before he came to me and, at one stage he got as far as the trials.”

“But then he was badly injured when he got kicked in the leg by another horse,” she said.

Cranbre has been in work since May and after a recent trial win Johnson was convinced that despite being an unraced eight-year-old he still had the potential to win races.

The trial win was so impressive punters rallied for the gelded son of Life Sign and he started the $3.60 favourite.

“He is well bred being by Life Sign and his mother Cranleigh was a good race mare,” she said.

Johnson has a lot of time for Cranbre, mostly because of his nature.

“He is a real gentleman around the stables and I love him to death,” she said.

Johnson has only three horses in work but Cranbre is the only one racing.

Photo courtesy of Greg Mansfield.