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Johnston hoping drought will break at Kilcoy

By Glenn Davis

Krystle Johnston is hopeful Craiglea Ceon can end a frustrating run of outs for the trainer when the four-year-old mare runs at Kilcoy on Thursday.

Johnston is the daughter of Stan Johnston, who runs Craiglea Stud in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, and travels thousands of kilometres around the State each week mainly in search of QTIS prizemoney.

Johnston, who is based at Kenilworth in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, will saddle up her sole runner at Kilcoy, Craiglea Ceon in the Tim Mason Benchmark 55 Handicap (1800m).

She will edge closer to a century of wins if the mare is successful.

Johnston is in her fourth year of training and notched up 98 wins in her career when Craiglea Deken won the Newmarket Handicap at Cairns on August 5.

It was Johnston biggest win outside her victory with Executed in the Listed Lightning Handicap at Doomben in June last year.

However, Johnston has gone winless in 31 starts since her Cairns Newmarket triumph and is looking to Craiglea Ceon breaking the drought in her backyard at Kilcoy.

“It’s been a long time since my last winner and hopefully Craiglea Ceon can break the drought,” Johnston said.

Craiglea Ceon, a Bridget Grylls mount, has been most consistent in the central and north Queensland provincial areas with five placings from six starts before finishing fourth to Friskier for Wanderson D’Avila in Mackay on September 5.

“She got too far out of her ground last start and we’re planning to ride her a lot more forward this time,” she said.

“Bridget is back on her and the two have a good relationship.

“I’m only two wins off training 100 winners so hopefully Craiglea Ceon can bring up win number 99 then we have a couple of chances at Mackay on Saturday.

“She’s racing honestly and she pulled up great after her last run in Mackay.”

Craiglea Ceon has only won once in 18 starts and is untried over 1800 metres.

“We’re still working out which is the best way to ride her but she could even lead in this,” she said.

“She’s an on-pace runner so Kilcoy will suit her style of racing.”
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