We’ve come to the end of another busy week. We are really getting into the swing on things for this racing season.

I started my week off riding 22 breeze ups for Sam Beatson and Ben Foote. Their magnificent and high-quality drafts for the Ready to Run sales continue to shine through for another year. They are a credit to the industry.

One of the highlights of my week was riding three winners at Te Aroha on Wednesday.

The first win of the day was the Savabeel mare Supera who is owned by Sir Peter Vela and is trained by the trio Ken Kelso, Bev Kelso and Mark Donoughue. Supera is a mare with incredible talent and heart. She missed the jump by at least six lengths and then to get across the line was just a thrill. She did a lot of work that day and I look forward to seeing how her career progresses.

Two were from Marsh Racing in the form of the daughter of Makfi, Ritani and the daughter of Per Incanto Belle Fascino. Both incredible mares who have found their winning form again and I look forward to continuing the partnership with these girls. I think they are two to watch.

I am incredibly excited about the Ekraar gelding Felaar resuming at Ellerslie on Saturday! The goal with him is still the New Zealand Cup on November 17 at Riccarton. Felaar’s strapper and track work rider Yusuke Sai has done an incredible job with him.

Speaking of Ellerslie! Saturday’s meeting will be the first one since the renovation. Who’s excited?! I haven’t personally ridden on the track yet but from what I’ve heard from other jockeys, they seem pretty happy with it. From what I’ve seen online, the tie-ups and boxes look first class! Ellerslie is one of New Zealand’s best tracks and it’s about time that money has been put towards developing it.

The Ellerslie Racing Manager Craig Baker has done such an incredible job. I am looking forward to the grand re-opening of the facilities.

Until next time,

Johnson out.