And, with Johnson now at Moranbah, that means champion Queensland iron horse Fab’s Cowboy is also in town.
The nine-year-old gelding recently brought up win 41 from 100 career starts as Johnson aims to get him up to 45 victories before they consider retirement.
Even when there were no trainers based at the track for half a decade, the club’s committee still regularly kept their racing surface in a great condition, working on it every few days.
With Johnson now the only trainer based at the track in 2021, Juhas explained that it never used to be that way.
Juhas has been involved with the club for almost two decades and recalls the time where there were more than a dozen stables at his club.
When the current president first moved to town, the track was a thriving facility in the mornings but with the downturn in the mining industry in the area, many of the trainers moved away or retired.
The dual-licensed Bonnie Thomson, who calls Townsville home these days, recalls riding at Moranbah around two decades ago.
“I remember riding there as an apprentice when I was based in Emerald all those years ago,” Thomson said.
“It was always a good sand track.”
Thomson would love to have made the trip south to Moranbah this coming Saturday but has already committed to rides at Mareeba.
In 2021, Moranbah will host three race days in the year, including March, this weekend, as well as a June and November date.
Juhas thinks they could easily host another date to take them to four race meetings for the year if there was more available.
“We have got a very good track, it is all sand, but once we get the water on, it is a very good track,” Juhas said.
The club’s president first relocated to Moranbah to work in the mining industry before a friend invited him down to a race club committee meeting and within a year, he was leading the club.
Juhas’ interest in racing comes from the ownership part of the game.
He had a decent share in a mare named Loyal Lauren, who won 11 races from 52 starts for $260,500 in prize money, before she retired in 2006.
“Eight of us owned her, it was a thrill with all the races she won,” Juhas said.
“The worst bit was driving two hours to Rocky from Moranbah then flying to Melbourne to watch her race, it was a lot of time and effort and was getting very expensive.”
Treasure Park will host a rare six-event non-TAB program this Saturday after another race was added to the card after Bowen’s race day was washed out last month.
The club are hopeful the November meeting will also be a six race affair.