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50 Winners

By Craiglea Stud | Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Craiglea Wandoo’s brave effort to win with 64kg was that little bit more special as it was the 50th winner for trainer Krystle Johnston. The achievement is even more spectacular when you consider her first winner Craiglea Dansal came on April 8, 2014 less than 2 years ago. It has been a short career littered with success. On the back of the success of Executed, Krystle won QTIS 2YO trainer of the year 2013/14 after merely 4 months at the helm. The same season Executed also won QTIS 2YO horse of the year. Executed has won 8 races under Johnston a mark that has just been surpassed by Craiglea Wandoo (9). In total there have been 21 individual winners including quinellas, trifectas and quadrellas. The career highlight victories include Executed winning the $100,000 Parry Nissan Great Northern 2YO plate at Townsville and Craiglea Wandoo saluting in the Mitavite QTIS 2YO Colts & Geldings Handicap at Doomben bringing up the first metropolitan winner. You would think it would be a two horse race when asking who her favourite charge is but that honour belongs to the recently retired Craiglea Falcon who Krystle has had an association with as strapper well before her training days.

Krystle has put her own trademark on things with nearly every runner carrying a ribbon in its tail and patterns on the rump. Everywhere the Craiglea’s race there are always comments on how well presented they are. It is a credit to her as they are tough horses renowned for being able to stand up to long campaigns. You might think the success could go to her head, but with 30 horses in work and weekly trips up north, there isn’t much time. Win number 51 is just around the corner.

Winning Horses trained by Krystle Johnston Number of wins
Craiglea Wandoo 9
Executed 8
Craiglea Zip 5
Craiglea Ivy 4
Craiglea Jabiru 3
Craiglea Altise 3
Craiglea Falcon 2
Craiglea Evelyn 2
Craiglea Thunder 2
Craiglea Platinum 1
Craiglea Deken 1
Craiglea Mission 1
Craiglea Divine 1
Craiglea Wise 1
Craiglea Blitz 1
Craiglea Jett 1
Craiglea Pistol 1
Craiglea Shuffle 1
Craiglea Focus 1
Craiglea Dixie 1
Craiglea Dansal 1
21 Individual winners 50 Wins

LSODE Name A Craiglea

By Craiglea Stud | Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

During the initial Hay Drive of 2014 Stan and daughter Krystle Johnston were humbled by a visit to a property managed by the Spackman family and were blown away by the hospitality despite the condition that the property was in due to the drought. During a tour of the station they met young children who had an obvious love of horses however feared there ponies may be put down due to lack of feed.

Fast forward to 2016 and everyone here at Craiglea Stud were delighted that we were given an opportunity to repay the favour as the Spackman family travelled out to Craiglea Stud for a visit. All the kids came out which was great and they got to meet a lot of the racehorses, particularly Craiglea Wandoo. We have been working hard with Facebook to deliver all our racing news to the wider community who traditionally wouldn’t have been people involved in the racing industry. What we have found is that we are gathering a large following from all the families of the Longreach School of Distance Education (LSODE). Craiglea Wandoo seems to be everyone’s favourite due to his come from behind racing style and never give up attitude.  Following on from this Stan and Marilyn devised an initiative to let the kids get more involved by allowing them to suggest names for next year’s race horses.

The Spackman Children meet Craiglea Wandoo

It is Marilyn’s job to name the yearlings each year, with all our horses’ names carrying the prefix Craiglea. This year she is asking for help from the kids of LSODE and you can find a story on our Facebook page asking for name suggestions for Wandoo’s full brother. We thought who better than to kick start this initiative than the Spackman kids. The kids were introduced to their respective yearlings and each came up with a name. We were very impressed with the results and hope all of the names get approved by Racing Australia.

We are keeping track of all the names that have been suggested by the students and we will use them (if they are accepted) when we name more 2 year olds.

La Moneta x Rapid Man filly – proposed name Craiglea Boree – with Summer Spackman

Clementina x Royal Harlequin filly – proposed name Craiglea Patience – with Ben Spackman

Rapid Babe x Warhead – proposed name - Craiglea Brolga – with Hugh Spackman

Christmas Donations

By Craiglea Stud | Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Christmas is a time for giving and often when generosity is brought to the forefront. You would struggle to find a more generous gesture than to give to complete strangers but that is exactly what the Near North Coast Sub Chamber of the Queensland Agricultural Shows are doing. The committee headed by ‘Monica Skerman’ have donated $13,330 so far towards families of the drought. Stan Johnston of Craiglea Stud just like many times before was able to liaison between the donator and the Longreach School of Distance Education (LSODE). Skerman’s intentions for the money was that all families should be able to enjoy a plentiful Christmas lunch on Christmas day. The result of the donation is that large Christmas hampers have been made and will be distributed to families identified by the LSODE as most in need. It is the generosity of groups like the Near North Coast Sub Chamber of the Queensland Agricultural Show that make all of our appeals both successful and worthwhile. Another association that are helping out is the Queensland Next Gen committee who are running a raffle in January at the QLD show and Next Gen conference held at Gatton. All proceeds from the raffle will go towards Craiglea Studs efforts to support those affected by the drought through the LSODE.

Another donation was made by Karen Lusk and visitors and staff of the Kenilworth Cheese Factory totalling $1200 which is going towards our ‘Bush Kids Drought Account’ initiative. This initiative allows families that are again identified by the LSODE to travel to the local Foodworks and receive one month’s supply of living essentials. We have had a very positive response to this initiative with many families already being the beneficiary of the supplies. This is only due to the thousands of dollars we have had donated from numerous sources that keep initiatives like this one running. If you would like to contribute in anyway please get in contact with Stan at

Bradshaw Family

By Craiglea Stud | Sunday, September 20th, 2015

A video of the Bradshaw family from Caulfield was brought to the attention of us here at Craiglea Stud. The video depicts the plight of the family whose dam is running low and what is left of the available water is very dirty. This had resulted in all the families’ clothes becoming dirty and the girls having to cut their hair short due to difficulty cleaning it. We raised money from an appeal launched on the Craiglea Facebook page and were able to purchase two 5,000 gallon tanks complete with fittings and pumps. These tanks are to be filled from a neighbouring property’s bore. The response from the general public was overwhelming and we even had new clothes, sheets and towels donated. For those who missed the initial story here is the video of the Bradshaw family.

Longreach Cup

By Craiglea Stud | Sunday, September 20th, 2015

The new racing season has just begun and already Craiglea Stud in conjunction with Sunshine Coast Businesses are planning their next drought relief operation. On Saturday 26th of September Longreach Jockey Club are having a 125 year celebration while hosting their Cup Raceday, headlined by the $15,000 Longreach Cup Open Handicap. Craiglea Stud owner Stan Johnston has seized the opportunity to not only help support the drought affected families but will be taking a trailer load of horses with him on the 13 hour trip west. One of the Craiglea chargers will race on behalf of the LSODE (Longreach School of Distance Education) with any prizemoney that horse collects going directly to the School. Earlier this year the auction of a 5% share in Craiglea Deken raised $6,000 for the drought affected families.

Not to be outdone, Marilyn Johnston the brains behind Craiglea Stud has individually made and donated South Sea Baroque Pearl Necklaces and bracelets. One full set is to be raffled off on the day. The necklace and bracelet will be on display at the LSODE and on Craiglea Facebook page with tickets now available for purchase. For further details about raffle tickets contact Deanne on The nine other sets will be donated to selected families organised by the School. The Hervey Bay Quilters have also donated 25 lovely handmade quilts which will also be presented to selected families on the day. Another local organisation the Kenilworth Kraft group have also donated 30 large shopping bags full of ladies accessories.

There will also be an added incentive on race day with the winner of each race receiving a free service fee to a stallion. The calibre of stallions is very high thanks to generous donations. Eureka Stud have donated a service to ‘Red Dazzler’, Raheen Stud have donated ‘Publishing’, Lyndhurst Stud have donated ‘Hidden Dragon’, Grandview Stud have donated ‘Whittington’, Hammercall PTY Ltd have donated ‘Warhead’ and Craiglea Stud have donated ‘Citiwyse’. There are also talks with Pryde’s EasiFeed who have shown interest in donating up to 7 tonnes of feed.

After being set the challenge of finding every child an Ipad to help with their education, Stan is very hopeful after this trip he will have delivered his quota, a total of 144. This is largely due to the recent donation from the RNA who have fundraised approximately 51 Ipads. There will be 25 Ipads presented on race day to students of the School. Many other Sunshine Coast Businesses have also contributed Ipads to the cause including the two Gympie Lions Clubs, Mary Valley Lions Club, Caloundra, Maroochydore and Tewantin RSL sub-branch women’s auxiliary and Nambour Lutheran Ladies. A special mention has to be made to Jim Sterling who donated 12 Ipads himself. Sunshine Coast based Reed Property Group also helped the LSODE earlier this year by donating $10,000 to help the LSODE residential school workshop. There have been numerous small donations along the way that the School of the Air families are very much grateful. There was one couple who filled the tray of their Ute with donations and drove out to Longreach themselves.

These latest drought support efforts show what can be achieved when the Sunshine Coast come together as a community to help support another community in need. It is important that we keep supporting these families until the drought has broken. We encourage everyone to attend the race day at Longreach which is sure to be a big celebration of the bush. There are other initiatives we are working on, so watch this space!

You can contact Longreach Jockey Club through Rob Luck: 0427 277 528

Wandoo Winner

By Craiglea Stud | Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Craiglea Stud’s young trainer Krystle Johnston has reached a massive milestone in her short training career. Just 11 months after saddling her first runner, she travelled down to Doomben last Saturday where Craiglea Wandoo provided her with her first metropolitan winner. Her previous best result was a second placing by last year’s boom 2yo Executed. Craiglea Wandoo claimed the Mitavite QTIS 2yo Colts and Geldings Handicap over 1110m picking up $66,100 prize money for the Johnston family. The victory was the 24th winner for Johnston, whose early career success took her to QTIS trainer of the year in the 2013/14 season. Wandoo continues the success of Craiglea resident sire Warhead, the colt was a very lazy horse who didn’t overly impress in his first start before improving dramatically with experience. He has now become a very honest horse and holds a race record of 6 starts for 3 wins and 2 seconds with prize money of $107,000. Craiglea Wandoo’s rival and stablemate Craiglea Jabiru finished 6th in the race on Saturday where we think conditions didn’t quite suit. The two colts could be set to continue their rivalry this coming Saturday with both horses nominated for Doomben.

Stan Covers the Miles

By Craiglea Stud | Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

It is no secret that Craiglea do a lot of driving to accommodate their racing, but Craiglea Stud owner Stan Johnston’s last trip was enormous even for his own standards. The trip began on Thursday the 18th of December when both Stan and trainer/daughter Krystle both headed off to Rockhampton with full trailers of horses. There were 2 Craiglea Runners at Rocky that day with the best result being a 3rd placing to Craiglea Aldi in a QTIS 2yo Maiden. Krystle then returned home that night while Stan slept the night in Rocky. The following day Stan travelled to Bowen where he sleeps the night before the Townsville races. On Saturday the 20th of December 2 Craiglea horses competed in a QTIS 3yo Handicap at Townsville, Craiglea Ivy raced well however circumstances went against her to finish 6th. The following day Stan travelled to Cairns where there were 4 Craiglea runners in the QTIS 2yo handicap. Craiglea Zip showed that she is a serious race horse accounting for the small field even though she travelled 3 wide throughout. The Warhead filly now takes her race record to 4 starts for 2 wins and 1 second with prize money of $34,900.

With Cairns over, Stan travelled back to Rockhampton on Tuesday where he was met by son Wade who had left from Craiglea’s Kenilworth home that morning. Wade had bought up the horses that were to race at Mackay on Wednesday while he took the already raced horses back home. On Wednesday 24th of December (Christmas Eve) Craiglea had 6 horses in the QTIS 2yo Maiden handicap. Daughter Krystle flew up on the day to coordinate all of the horses. Craiglea received an early Christmas present with our runners filling the first four placing’s in the race and picking up all the pay cheques. The race saw Warhead Colt Craiglea Wandoo break his maiden at his third race start comfortably beating the much improved Craiglea Thunder by 2.8 lengths. Young trainer Krystle Johnston achieved both her first training trifecta and quadrella.

Stan returned home Christmas day, a week after setting off. His trip included 4 days at the races for 2 wins, 1 second, 2 thirds and 2 fourths for a total prize money of $40,000. He will now enjoy a little stint at home with our next scheduled race meeting on the 2nd of January.

A Craiglea Quadrella at Cairns!

A Craiglea Quadrella at Cairns!

Christmas Cheer Appeal

By Craiglea Stud | Friday, December 5th, 2014

With all packages now delivered to drought stricken families we can reflect on the success of our Christmas Cheer appeal. We had an enormous response from the appeal with enough hampers being donated to provide 222 families with some Christmas Cheer in 2014. These 222 families accounted for 489 children. Along with the Christmas hampers we also achieved:

  • We raised $17,000 for the School of the Air to distribute as they feel relevant,
  • Stan Johnston in association with Magic Millions have organised a week long holiday on the Gold Coast for one family which have recently suffered a tragedy,
  • We have been able to source 25 donated IPads to assist students with their education,
  • Steve Hawkins was able to organise 150 Akubra hats to be donated.

Two Craiglea vehicles spent Monday the 1st of December driving around South East QLD collecting the final hampers for the trip out west. We travelled to Gold Coast Turf Club, Eagle Farm Turf Club, Deagon Turf Club and Sunshine Coast Turf Club. TBQA member Erica Bates met up with the team during the day with a trailer full of hampers to pass over. The location that had the most hampers for collection was the house of Steve Hawkins. The entire garage was full of hampers with extras spilling over into the main house. This is just a representation of the hard work and dedication Mr. Hawkins has shown towards the appeal.

Eventually all items were on board and arrived back at Craiglea. It was quickly discovered that 3 trailers would be required to haul all of the hampers out West. Racing QLD board member Peter Boyce was present to help pack the trailers and see off the team. The drivers left that afternoon for Chinchilla, to then continue on to the Longreach School of Distance Education break up on Tuesday night.

A huge thankyou must go to both Erica Bates and Steve Hawkins on their tireless contribution to help this idea become a reality. There is little time to rest with Stan now busying organising a wedding for a family out West. He has already achieved a lot towards this cause and you can keep up to date with the wedding plans by following us on Facebook.

The team of workers who helped out at Craiglea Stud

The team of workers who helped out at Craiglea Stud

Christmas Cheer

By Craiglea Stud | Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Christmas should be a time for family and celebration; however for many rural families the outlook is bleak due to the continuing drought. The Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association (TBQA) in conjunction with local Queensland Turf Clubs are joining forces to spread some Christmas Cheer.

The ‘Christmas Cheer Appeal’ is a simple concept that was the brainchild of TBQA member Erica Bates. The appeal asks for donations of non-perishable foods, toys and goods which can be dropped off at the major Turf Club in your area. These items will be collected, packed into Christmas hampers and distributed to families of drought stricken Central and Western Queensland.

“There are just too many suicides and too much depression in the bush,” said Erica.
“I know it’s a tough time of year for everyone, but we only need to donate one food item or one toy and it will make a huge difference.”

Prominent racing identity, Steve Hawkins has taken the concept one step further by ‘adopting a family’. Steve has been liaising directly via email with the families in need to provide them with tailor-made hampers. He’s calling on other businesses or families to do the same and provide a Christmas gift from your business or family to theirs. At last count Steve had enlisted upwards of 70 families and businesses to assist with this part of the project with the aim being to recruit at least 100 before delivery day.

Initial contact with School of the Air and contacts developed through Craiglea Stud owner Stan Johnston’s Hay Runs, has seen an overwhelmingly positive response, with 89 individual families having been identified as needing help. Stan will be playing the part of Santa Clause hand delivering the hampers to the School of the Air Break-up on December 2nd.

If you are able to assist with donations towards the Christmas Cheer Hampers, please drop off your toys or goods to your nearest Turf Club by the 26th November. There are no donations that are too small and every small toy can make a difference.

If you are looking to ‘adopt a family’ then feel free to contact Stan Johnston at and he will provide you with contact details of a family. The team here at Craiglea Stud are proud to support the Christmas Cheer Appeal!

Craiglea Quinella

By Craiglea Stud | Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Craiglea Jabiru winning at Callaghan Park 07/11/14

Craiglea made their first big trip up north for the new racing season. Two vehicles were required to transport the seven runners to Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park. Four of those runners were in the first race a 2yo Handicap over the 1050m. Having four starters in the one race is not uncommon for Craiglea, however it was a new experience for young trainer Krystle Johnston.

To add further stress to the situation the first race was delayed due to a power outage. Eventually all horses were saddled and ready to go, with the heavy favourite Craiglea Jabiru finishing 3.3 lengths in front of stable mate Craiglea Zip. Craiglea Gem also picked up some prize money in finishing 4th. The occasion signified the first quinella for trainer Krystle Johnston.

There was little time to celebrate as there were 3 more runners to prepare for race 2. Craiglea Jett was the best performer showing huge improvement to finish in 4th. The giant gelding has loads of potential and will hopefully convert this to results soon. The day proved to be very successful however there is little time to rest with Stan planning another trip up north this Saturday. There will be a full float of horses travelling to Townsville, including 3yo Craiglea Ivy.

Craiglea Stud is on Facebook

By Craiglea Stud | Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Craiglea is now involved in the exciting world of social media. We have our very own Facebook page dedicated to bringing you all the latest news on our runners and their results. Our page is checked daily and is another method you can use to get in contact with us.

So follow us today at

Stan’s Kick Start Initiative

By Craiglea Stud | Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

With the Hay Drives still fresh in his mind, Craiglea Stud owner Stan Johnston is already working on his next drought relief initiative. Stan has addressed an open letter to the community outlining his plan for the Kick Start Program. This program is a future orientated initiative and an important step in the drought relief process. This initiative allows the children of rural and remote areas to have something to look forward to once the drought finally breaks.

Any feedback or ideas would be very much appreciated and contact can be made via Email at

To Interested Persons

I have an idea to follow from our Drought Relief Hay Drive for Kids and their Ponies.

The concept is (Kick Start) where we will ask for donated heifers or bulls across the state. The idea is to donate a number of heifers and a bull to farm kids who are suffering from extreme drought.

The same applies to replacement horses where the kids horses have either died or been sold because of drought. These horses hopefully will be donated from the racing industry. The donated cattle or horses will be held on donor’s property until the drought breaks.

The appeal of the Kick Start promotion is that it is future looking and targets young people wanting to be in agriculture. It would deliver a strong message that the Racing and Breeding Industry in conjunction with Droughtmaster Australia are being proactive in helping drought affected families in Queensland.

Any feedback/ideas would be very welcome to develop ‘Kick Start’ into a workable concept.


Stan Johnston

Congratulations to Jason and Piper

By Craiglea Stud | Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Craiglea Stud, Stan & Marilyn Johnston, congratulate their eldest son, Jason, on his recent marriage to Piper.

Craiglea Horses Back Home

By Craiglea Stud | Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Craiglea has moved all their racing horses back to base – Craiglea Stud, Kenilworth and their daughter Krystle has taken out her trainers license and is training all horses from home. The horses are thriving as they know that they are home and are happy. Especially horses like Craiglea Falcon, he loves being home – he is jumping out of his skin.

The sand track is coming together good and the horses are working well.

John Robins will be breaking-in a limited amount of clients horses. Craiglea also offers a limited amount of pre-training. For further details, please phone Craiglea.

3rd Drought Relief Hay Run

By Craiglea Stud | Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Photo of Stan Johnston with the Bollon Pony Club kids

Photo of Stan Johnston with the Bollon Pony Club kids

Stan & family have just finished the 3rd drought relief hay run.

They dropped free hay off to a lot of children in the west that have ponies.

These families are struggling to provide feed for them due to the extreme drought. Stan & family decided to drive truck loads of hay all around the west to help the kids. Places included Jundah,Tambo, Blackall, Barcaldine, Ilfracombe, Aramac, Longreach, Winton, McKinley, Hughenden, Stonehenge, Charleville, Dunkeld, Prairie, Quilipie, Windorah, Dynevor downs, Dirranbandi, Bollon. The smiles on the kids faces was priceless.

“Santa’s Hay Ride”

By Tony McMahon | Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Santa Claus takes on many names throughout the world, be it Kris Kringle or Saint Nicholas but in drought stricken parts of Queensland this weekend he’ll come driving a horse rig into town in the form of Stan Johnston.

Renowned in the racing industry for his acts of generosity, Johnston whose’ “Craiglea” horses are household names in Queensland, has come to the aid of outback kids and teenagers with ponies.

On Friday with a group of like hearted horse-lovers, Johnston and a convoy of floats will be distributing bales of hay throughout affected parts of Central Western Queensland to help aid the plight of family ponies.

Assisted by the Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association (TBQA) and the Droughtmaster Society (DS), he plans to distribute about 1000 bales of hay setting off from Caboolture on Friday.

“We’ll have drop-off points to help sustain kids ponies and horses at properties and pony club grounds at Blackall, Barcaldine, Longreach, Ilfracombe, Stonehenge, Jundah, Winton, Hughenden and right out to McKinlay and Julia Creek”, Mr Johnston said yesterday.

He said about 60 percent of Queensland remained in drought.

“This natural disaster has placed enormous emotional and financial strain on families including children. While every endeavour is made to save income producing livestock, it is often the ponies and horses owned by the children that are left to fend for themselves”, Mr Johnston said.

He said both the TBQA and the DS recognised the urgent need to ensure these ponies and horses are fed until the drought breaks.

“Our aim is to provide each pony and horse owned by children in these areas 10 pales of hay which should last their horse 60 days by which time we hope the drought has broken”, he said.

Since “Santa’s Hay Ride” was announced, Mr Johnston said he had received over 200 emails from children that own ponies asking for help from all over Queensland.

While Mr Johnston and his band of helpers have to date mainly self-funded the hay and its distribution, he is calling for assistance from others, including growers who can either give hay or donations.

“Look the reaction from the kids we are helping makes you want to cry. They are so grateful and after all this is Christmas the season of giving. We require at least another 1000 bales of hay to go down to the Charleville and Quilpie areas next week. It would be a great Christmas present for the kids who love their horses and ponies so much”, Mr Johnston said.

Donations can be made by contacting Craiglea Stud at or Mr Johnston on 0427 469 166.

During the last two floods in Central Queensland, Mr Johnston played Santa to affected trainers by distributing them hay and by spelling their horses at his stud at no cost to them.

Craiglea New Track Completed

By Craiglea Stud | Monday, July 22nd, 2013

New Craiglea Track

Two-Year-Old Thoroughbred Study

By Craiglea Stud | Monday, May 13th, 2013

Featured in May 13 Racing NSW calendar.

“University of Sydney researchers, in the most comprehensive study yet, have released their findings as to whether the age at which thoroughbreds start their career has an effect on the length of their career.

They found no detrimental effect on a horse’s career if it started racing as a two-year-old, and that Thoroughbred horses beginning their careers in Australia at younger ages were more likely to have longer careers than those starting their careers later in life.

“This is the largest and most extensive study of its type as we investigated the careers of over 115,000 Australian thoroughbred racehorses and evaluated them throughout a 10 year period,” said Natasha Hamilton, supervising author at the University’s Faculty of Veterinary Science.

Dr Hamilton is co-supervisor of PhD candidate Brandon Velie, lead author of the study published in the Equine Veterinary Journal.

The study also used the horse’s exact age at each race as defined by its birth date, rather than simply by year of birth, making it more accurate than comparable studies.

“The survival analysis showed the risk of retirement from racing decreased the younger the horse was when it ran its first race,” Dr Hamilton said.

Risk of retirement also decreased with the number of starts a two-year-old had, and the average distance raced.
“Our study supports earlier findings but is based on a much larger sample”, said Dr Hamilton, who alongside her university career has worked as a raceday official for more than 15 years.

Overall, the research suggests that the racing and training of two-year-old Thoroughbreds is not harmful as long as there is an awareness that combining an inappropriate training regime with a genetic predisposition to injuries can result in injuries that prevent the horse from continuing or beginning its racing career.”

STORY ENDS – Page 22, Racing NSW official monthly publication ‘Racing NSW’.

Two Winners for Warhead

By Craiglea Stud | Friday, May 10th, 2013

Craiglea Cruz

Craiglea Cruz

Craiglea Cruz (x Warhead out of Craiglea Miss) won at Mackay on Sat. 4 May. The Craiglea vehicle then headed further north to Townsville were half brother Craiglea Tequila (x Frisco View out of Craiglea Miss) won the 3yo race, followed up by Craiglea Seal (x Warhead out of Rapid Babe (x Rapid Man) ) who won the QTIS 2yo. All 3 winners were riden by top in form jockey Adrian Coome.

Stan will be doing it all over again next week, when Craiglea horses again travel to Mackay to do battle.

The Craiglea training track on farm is nearing completion. As soon as the track is completed, we will post some photos of the finished job.

Three in a Row for Rapid Crystal

By Rob Luck | Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The Peter Fleming trained Rapid Crystal continued his impressive run of success for Craiglea Stud by comfortably winning the Classic Coffee Company QTIS 2yo Handicap 1000 metres at Townsville today.Starting a $1.60 favourite Rapid Crystal proved too strong for early leader Erebus to win going away by 1.5 lengths with Moon Palace a further 1.5length away third.

The win gave the Rapid Man x Crystal Lane (xWaterford Road) gelding his third win in a row after previous wins at Toowoomba and Townsville.Carrying top weight of 56.5kg after the claim for Shane Egan,Rapid Crystal jumped brilliantly before Egan elected to take a sit outside Erebus.Turning for home Erebus slipped away as Rapid Crystal appeared to drift to the centre of the track and 200metres from home had some three lengths to make up.With Egan riding vigourously the gelding really stretched out and had the race in his keeping 50metres from home.It showed another dimension to the galloper as his previous wins came after leading all the way.

Stan Johnston,Craiglea Stud Principal indicated after the race that Rapid Crystal would now be aimed at city class in a few weeks time where he can hopefully emulate the record of stablemate Craiglea Cruz,which according to trainer Peter Fleming could be the fastest horse he has ever trained.With the recent dual success of Craiglea Ducati Craiglea Stud is having a stellar season with their 2yo runners with these three gallopers leading the charge.

Rapid Crystal is part owned by the Johnston family with Brendan Parnell,General Manager of Sky Channel and Chris Pace a real estate agent in Marooychdore.Both owners would be happy with Stan’s travelling the countryside chasing QTIS winnings and would be pleased to see Crystal Lane produce a good one after herself being a multiple winner of over $100,000.Her earlier foals have not had the success of Rapid Crystal and Stan indicated how pleased he is with the way Rapid Man is breeding toughness,strength and speed into the progeny of mares going to him.

The win continues the success of Craiglea based stallions with Warhead,Rapid Man and Royal Harlequin all producing QTIS winners this season and Top Echelon having an outstanding season with city and provincial winners.It is also pleasing to note that evergreen Craiglea Stud stallion Waterford Road is the dam sire of Craiglea Cruz and Rapid Crystal.Waterford Road is developing a reputation as a broodmare stallion and being a full brother to leadingWestern Australian based stallion Blackfriars further highlights his value to the Queensland breeding industry.

Craiglea Trifecta in Mackay

By Rob Luck | Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

The success of Craiglea Stud 2yo’s continued in Mackay today with another trifecta finish to Craiglea runners.Craiglea Ducati scored impressively from Craiglea Opal with Craiglea Celica completing the trifecta.All runners are trained by Peter Fleming at Gympie.

Craiglea Ducati (Royal Harlequin x Platinum Hussy) made it two wins from two starts with another all the way win in 45.84 a time which was faster than the Class 2 winner recorded on the day.Adrian Coome jumped Ducati smartly and although Craiglea Celica (Warhead x Ballymara) sat outside the leader once Coome let Ducati have his head the race was all over with a final margin of 3.5lengths.Craiglea Opal (Cheval de Troy x Craiglea Pearl) after sitting off the pace battled home strongly for second with Craiglea Celica weakening to third.

Craiglea Ducati joins Rapid Crystal as a multiple provincial winner with Craiglea Cruz being the current 2yo stable star with a city win and minor placings.

Another First For Craiglea In Mackay

By Rob Luck | Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Craiglea Stud maintained their winning form at Mackay on Tuesday when first starter Craiglea Ducati blitzed the opposition in the Dig It Landscaping QTIS 2YO Maiden Handicap 800 metres.Jumping brilliantly Craiglea Ducati led comfortably for the whole trip and when jockey Adrian Coome shook him up at the 200metres he accelerated again to win going away by 5.8 lengths from favourite Curlew and Caught Switching in 46.52 the last 600m in 33.22.

Craiglea Ducati is the first winner for Royal Harlequin(Danehill x Isca x Rory’s Jester) produced at the stud.He is part of the stallion’s first Craiglea crop of runners and it would appear he has inherited his sire and dam speed attributes.Royal Harlequin was a two time Moonee valley winner over 1000metres and his dam Isca was one of the finest sprinting mares of recent times.

Craiglea Stud Principal Stan Johnston rated Craiglea Ducati his fastest two year old produced at the stud.In another first Stan ensured race caller Tony Mc Mahon was informed before the race what he thought of Ducati’s speed so that the general public could be informed.Punters throughout Australia soon became aware of the potential of Craiglea Ducati with Tony making him the late mail and giving the information again in his pre-race comments.In a typically exciting Tony McMahon call he updated race viewers with the accuracy of Stan’s prediction as the race progressed.Consequently there were many happy punters Australia wide who “copped” the tip.

Craiglea Ducati is the third 2YO winner from Craiglea Stud in the past 2 weeks following the city win of Craiglea Cruz(xWarhead) and the Toowoomba win by Rapid Crystal(xRapid Man).Considering that the QTIS prizemoney from these wins and placegetters is approaching $100000 it further demonstrates the value of breeding to race with a resident Craiglea stallion.

Royal Harlequin stands at Craiglea Stud for $1100 inc. GST.

In a further highlight at the Mackay meeting Craiglea stallion Top Echelon produced one of North Queensland’s most exciting sprinters in Our Boy Malachi which recorded a brilliant 7.5 length win in the Class 3 Plate 1100 metres.This full brother to multiple winner Hodgie and Mo has taken all before him since resuming from a spell.Top Echelon has had a fantastic year through the efforts of these brothers as well as city winner Toprada,Group 3 winner River Lad and country cups champions Craiglea Tina and Dual Echelon.

Enquiries to any Craiglea stallion can be made to Stan or Marilyn Johnston 0n 07 5446 0160.

Craiglea Trifecta at Clifford Park

By Rob Luck | Sunday, November 18th, 2012

It may have been run in the gloom of rain and fog but that did not stop the Craiglea runners filling the trifecta in the Vanderfield Machinery QTIS 2YO Handicap 850metres at Toowoomba on Saturday night.

With five of the original seven acceptors being Craiglea runners another QTIS 2yo race was assured of happening.Two scratchings left a final field of five and it was left to Furry Lemon to attempt to deny the Craiglea runners a clean sweep of the prizemoney.

Rapid Crystal(Rapid Man / Crystal Lane) jumped brilliantly and went straight to the lead and although Craiglea Seal (Warhead/Rapid Babe) chased hard throughout he was no match for the winner finishing 2.8l behind in second with Craiglea Miracle(Waterford Road/Rapt In Blu) battling into third a further half length away.The Darryl Duke trained Furry Lemon appeared to miss the start and did well to make up ground mid race and hold on for fourth at the finish.

Stan Johnston expected Rapid Crystal to show too much speed and believes the galloper is improving with each run.Dale Missen made the most of his one ride at the meeting providing a faultless display on the winner given the difficult circumstances in which the race was run.

Again Craiglea Stud has proven the value in breeding to race with all three placegetters homebred and from mares that are part of Stan’s provincial and city standard broodmare band.As well the result further demonstrates the value to be gained in sending a mare to Rapid Man and Warhead with both stallions establishing good stud records.

The Craiglea two year old runners travel to Mackay and Rockhampton this week to contest further QTIS races

Warhead Launches To The Top

By Rob Luck | Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Craiglea Miss (dam of Craiglea Cruz) with her Helter Skelter colt foal at foot.

Craiglea Miss (dam of Craiglea Cruz) with her Helter Skelter colt foal at foot.

The profile of Craiglea Stud based stallion Warhead received a huge boost with the win by Craiglea Cruz in the Kedron-Wavell Services Club QTIS 2YO Colts & Geldings HCP 1000metres at Eagle Farm on Saturday.The victory has rocketed the Viscount stallion to the top of the first season stallions table and provided him with his first metropolitan winner.It follows two city placings for Craiglea Cruz behind the unbeaten Whiskey All Round.
The Peter Fleming trained Craiglea Cruz (Warhead x Craiglea Miss) was taken straight to the front by Kelvin Wharton and showed great speed mid race to put two lengths on the field.On the Heavy 8 surface Craiglea Cruz relished the conditions and sped clear in the straight to record a dominant 1.3 length victory over Shantung Boxer and Choose A Saga in 1:00.92.The time compared favourably to that of Open company sprinter Adebisi in the following race where they ran 1:00.22.

The fact that Warhead has thrown an early city winner is not surprising considering the Viscount x Camena stallion placed 2nd in the Kindergarten Stakes in his 2yo year to Forensics which went on to win the Golden Slipper of that year.It is also not surprising he can throw runners which handle wet tracks with Viscount a noted sire of wet trackers and Camena herself being adept in the wet.Craiglea Stud Principal Stan Johnston noted that Craiglea Miss( dam of Craiglea Cruz) was hopeless in the wet as were half brothers Craiglea Tequila and Craiglea Mustang so the impact of Warhead on Craiglea Cruz is clearly evident.

Stan further added that “Warhead is the first stallion to stand at Craiglea that demonstrates the ability to improve the offspring of mares and expects greater success for the stallion.It is clear that he delivers a wet track potential to offspring as well as upgrading a mare’s foals”.For this reason he is really looking forward to the deeds of other Warheads and especially when crossed with Waterford Road mares as they are starting to prove to be successful broodmares.

Craiglea Cruz provided Craiglea Stud with their third city 2YO winner following the successes of Craiglea Hope and Craiglea Tequila.He continues to enhance the stud’s breeding program goal of breeding multiple provincial and city winners and further enhanced his dam’s value as she provided last year’s city winner in Craiglea Tequila(x Frisco View) as well as provincial winner Craiglea Mustang(xFrisco View).Craiglea Cruz appears to be improving with racing and is likely to add to Warhead’s tally in coming weeks.

For further information on Warhead please call Stan or Marilyn Johnston on 07 5446 0160 or visit Broodmare owners will find great value in considering Warhead as a prospective stallion given this early success by Craiglea Cruz.

Warhead Has Impressive Trial Winner

By Rob Luck | Friday, September 21st, 2012

Craiglea Cruz (Warhead x Craiglea Miss) scored an impressive win in his trial at Deagon this week.After missing the kick by a few lengths Craiglea Cruz gathered the field in at the home turn and ran away from the field to win by three lengths.The Warhead galloper ran a slick 46.98 with a last 600m of 35.42 for the 800 metres. A half brother to city winner Craiglea Tequila,Craiglea Cruz will now be nominated for the first two year old races in the city and should be competitive given the ease of his trial win.

Viscount stallion Warhead has his first runners this season and Craiglea Stud principal Stan Johnston has a very big opinion of him.Interest in the stallion for this season has already increased following the trial win by Craiglea Cruz with new bookings coming in almost immediately.Details of Warhead can be found on the website under Stallions.The stallion also had a placegetter at the same trials with filly Craiglea Celica (XBallymara) coming third in her heat.

Contact Stan Johnston for opportunities to book to this exciting new stallion.

Emmas Folly New Colt

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Emmas Folly and her colt foal x Hotel Grand – born 17/9/12 – (photo taken at 1 hr old).

Emmas Folly is out of Emmas Affair, who won over $500,000. in prizemoney.

Discussion Paper: A Sustainable Thoroughbred Racing Industry In Queensland

Proposed by Stan Johnston, Principal of Craiglea Stud | Tuesday, September 10th, 2012

The ideas presented in this paper are designed to create a sustainable thoroughbred racing industry in Qld to the benefit of all stakeholders.  It is based on the following:

  • The success of the QTIS/QTIS 600 scheme in revitalising ownership and racing in country, provincial and city racing.
  • The success of the above schemes in promoting the importance of buying QLD bred horses and thus enhancing the breeding stocks of this state.
  • The concerns facing Qld from the increases in prizemoney levels in NSW racing and the resulting movement of horses south of the border.
  • The concerns that current reductions in QTIS prizemoney will weaken our industry at a time when we should be building on the basis already created in the last 3 years.
  • A belief that we should expand the QTIS scheme to make it the central pillar of our prizemoney structure thus strengthening country, provincial and metropolitan racing and further promoting QLD bred horses.
  • A belief that the contentious issue of non QTIS horses being eligible to compete in QTIS races be addressed by allowing entry upon payment of a fee that reflects the average purchase price of a QTIS yearling and the difference of first prizemoney of QTIS and non QTIS runners.

I have concern that the reduction in QTIS/QTIS 600 prizemoney per race has the potential to damage the QTIS scheme and thus have a negative effect on future QTIS sales and consequently the QLD Breeding Industry.

Using the Craiglea Stud racing results from 2011-2012 shows that if the same races were won in 2012-2013 on the new prizemoney structures total prizemoney earned would decrease by 15-20%.

This further impacts on buyers future purchases at QTIS sales.

Many buyers purchase from the QTIS sale because of the potential money to be won.  When $20,000. first prizemoney is on offer for provincial racing, it is an attractive proposition for a buyer to purchase a yearling for up to $20,000. as the purchase price can largely be recouped in one win.  With prizemoney levels declining to $15,000. for provincial so does the buyers desire to outlay more than $15,000. so the initial outlay can be recouped.  I am sure this approach is also common with trainers who purchase tried horses.  If you can win $6,000. to $8,000. in a provincial win you budget to purchase a tried horse in a similar price range so you can recoup the purchase price quickly.  Therefore taking QTIS prizemoney to support a wider section of the industry without increasing the money available potentially weakens the likely average of future QTIS sales.

However as I have outlined in this proposed plan you will actually strengthen future QTIS sales and in turn the quality of QLD bred horses.  When buyers see a QTIS purchase can compete in 2yo, 3yo & 4yo & up races with the prizemoney levels outlined it is easier to justify a $20,000. purchase or higher as the likelihood of recouping the outlay is quicker.  In turn the buyer who experiences success is likely to become a repeat buyer at future sales at a potentially higher price.  This is already evident from the first three QTIS 600 Sales where the average has increased, the number of country and regional buyers has increased and importantly more repeat buyers are evident.

This provides the rationale for the plan as outlined in this discussion paper.


This plan would require an extra $3.6 million to implement compared to approximately 30 to 40 million dollars to implement prizemoney levels comparable to NSW.  The plan takes the current QTIS scheme and extends it to 4yo’s and above for metropolitan races.  Also increases the QTIS prizemoney to provincial 2 & 3yo races.

The figures given display total and placegetter prizemoney.

2YO races-Brisbane-$90,000. – 1st $60,000. 2nd $18,000. 3rd $9,000. 4th $2,000. 5th $1,000.
2YO provincial-$30,000. – 1st $20,000. 2nd $6,000. 3rd $3,000. 4th $600. 5th $400.
Country prizemoney as currently allocated.

3YO races-Brisbane-$90.000. – breakdown as per 2yo races.
3YO provincial-$22,000. – 1st $15,000. 2nd $4,300. 3rd $2,000. 4th $500. 5th $200.
Country prizemoney as currently allocated.

4YO race introduction of a $90,000. 4yr and above QTIS race every metropolitan Saturday race day.  Breakdown as per 2yo and 3yo Brisbane races.  This gives every QTIS horse in QLD the chance to race in the city on a Saturday and provides three quality races on the program.  This should attract the best quality horses to race which in turn should increase betting turnover by having bigger and more competitive races.  In turn the betting turnover increases the available pool for future prizemoney.

To ensure all horses racing in QLD are eligible to compete required a review of the entry conditions to the QTIS scheme.


Current entry fees and conditions for QLD bred and breed backs would apply with the following additions.

Non QTIS purchases can become eligible by paying a $20,000. entry fee to the scheme.  This figure reflects the average price paid for a QLD bred yearling at the QTIS sale.  It also is close to the difference paid in first prizemoney to QTIS versus Non QTIS winners in city races and basically represents one win of a city race.

I realise the Non QTIS horses are a contentious issue.  Some of the additional prizemoney needed for the scheme may come from the general prizemoney pool.  That is my reasoning for including the Non QTIS horses.


This scheme should strengthen the desire to own and race QLD bred horses.  Breeders will continue to improve their stock to entice the QTIS buyer and tried horse buyers will be keen to purchase QTIS horses.  Race fields will continue to grow enchancing better turnover on better size fields further growing the prizemoney pool.


This prizemoney was won by our 2yo in QTIS & QTIS/600 races.  Some of our 2yo won non-QTIS races so this prizemoney is not shown in these figures.

Prizemoney won (last racing year) $507,400.
Prizemoney won (this racing year) if winning same races & places $388,800.
QTIS/QTIS 600 pay-ups – 24 horses (last racing year) $53,735.
QTIS pay-ups – 24 horses (this racing year) $18,480.
LESS difference in QTIS pay-ups -$35,255.
WORSE OFF $83,345.


This year I would not change too much if the committee decides to have one only payment then I think there should be a breeders bonus.

Stellar Season For Craiglea Stud Runners

By Rob Luck | Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The 2011-2012 racing season has produced a profitable result for the Craiglea Stud Racing Team.

In a sparkling season Craiglea runners have amassed $842,480.50 from a total of 58 wins.The two year olds have stolen the show with 11 individual winners for a total of 20 wins and 57 placings for total 2yo earnings of $517,275. The break even target of $550,000 has been surpassed for the third season running. Considering that Craiglea Tequila provided the only city winner in these totals it demonstrates the ability to successfully breed to race in country and provincial racing targeting QTIS/QTIS 600 prizemoney.

Recently the Craiglea team has produced some outstanding results.

Craiglea Falcon has led the charge with wins at Townsville and strong performances under top weight in the Rockhampton Newmarket and the Cleveland Bay Handicap in Townsville. Top Echelon mare Craiglea Tina has been in career best form with Cup wins and placings at Gympie and Gayndah,a gallant third in the Mackay Newmarket and a bold front running win in the 1400mOpen Handicap at Townsville on Townsville Cup day.

Rockhampton has been a happy hunting ground in recent weeks with long priced wins by Craiglea Key(since sold to Macau for $20,000),Noosa Bay and Craiglea Hussy.

The results reflect the breeding and racing plans Stan and Marilyn Johnston have put in place over the last ten years.The goal has been to utilise stallions standing at the stud to produce progeny capable of winning at country and provincial meetings primarily with the hope that city winners would eventuate.With an emphasis on matching winning mares to the stallions the Johnston’s have now developed a broodmare band that features five(5) city winning producing mares,thirteen(13) provincial winning producing mares and twenty one(21) mares with unraced progeny.To be maintained in the broodmare band mares must continue to produce at least provincial winners with the ultimate goal being city winners.This gains further importance with the slight reductions in QTIS money in country and provincial racing in the coming season.Full details of the 2012 broodmare band and their current breeding status can be found on the website.

The early success with Craiglea stallions such as Manshood and Waterford Road has been enhanced in recent times with the success of Top Echelon(Hodgie&Mo,Toprada,CraigleaTina,DualEchelon),Helter Skelter(Psychodelic,Mia China Doll-from only 4 runners) and positive reports about the progeny of newcomer Warhead.A full listing of Craiglea stallions can be found on the website.Given that current provincial winners such as Craiglea Tina and Noosa Bay will soon enter the breeding barn with Craiglea stallions the chances of producing provincial and city winners is further consolidated.

Breeding to race is the motto of Craiglea Stud and given a clear cut plan to mate mares boasting provincial winning results as a minimum with Craiglea based stallions the Johnstons are bound to race many more provincial and city winners in coming seasons.

Discussion Paper: Apprentice Jockeys Raceday Coaching

Proposed by Stan Johnston | Monday, July 16th, 2012

Goal: To develop a race day mentoring structure for apprentice jockeys which involves stewards,senior jockeys and apprentices;a structure that ensures mentoring/coaching is done in a professional and nurturing manner requiring active participation by apprentices such that it complements training school programs to ultimately produce quality jockeys.

Aim: To utilise the skills of senior jockeys to coach apprentices on race day by having an official structure put in place by stewards that enables jockey,steward and apprentice to meet and review rides where it is deemed to be of a learning benefit to the apprentice.This helps ensure feedback is done in a nurturing and mentoring manner rather than simply’copping a spray’ of abuse.

Background: A recent stewards’ enquiry in which an apprentice lodged a complaint against a senior jockey who had attempted to provide advice on the apprentice’s ride was dismissed by stewards who felt it was important for the apprentice to take note of advice given.

Craiglea Stud has personal experience of having employed an apprentice who was given numerous opportunities at a wide range of tracks.Following dissatisfaction with several rides experienced senior jockeys were asked to provide advice and feedback on less than satisfactory rides.It was disappointing to observe that the apprentice wanted no part of the advice and could simply discard any advice given.Consequently rides in races did not improve.This further highlights the need for a coaching process to occur in which apprentices need to demonstrate they are working on advice given.

Rationale: I contrast this to my experiences in developing elite, junior cricketers through various grades of cricket.This experience is based on 40 years experience as an A Grade cricketer and 20 years as a South Queensland Country Selector.Whether a batsman or bowler, young players are always ‘coached’ on the day as experienced players make suggestions to batting partners or bowlers.Young players learn from experienced players,are encouraged to do so and are expected to act on advice.Importantly this process takes place on the field on the day not at a later time.

Model: I respectfully suggest we develop a racing model that gets back to the process where senior jockeys are looked to for mentoring rather than ‘copping a serve’;that stewards help provide a race day structure where feedback can occur in a supportive manner and that apprentices are made aware that future rides will be reviewed on the basis of feedback provided.This information can further be utilised by the apprentices training school to complement off the track training.In this way experience can be passed on to ensure a high standard of riding skills in our future jockeys.

Should you have any comments/ideas to add to this proposal please contact Stan Johnston at Craiglea Stud Ph 54460160 or email

Discussion Paper: Jockey Travel Scheme – Provincial to Country Race Meetings

Proposed by Stan Johnston | Monday, July 16th, 2012

Goal: To develop a fair and equitable scheme for jockeys, owners/trainers and race clubs that increases the willingness of provincial based jockeys to travel to and ride at country meetings outside of their immediate location thus increasing the number of jockeys available at country meetings.

Aim: To build a user pays model which reimburses jockey fuel expenses for travel from a provincial base to a country race meeting at a distance greater than 350klm one way. Payment to be administered by Racing Queensland using existing structures with trainers and club and is only available if the jockey has three(3) rides or more at the meeting.

Background: Country race meetings are attracting increasing acceptances but are disadvantaged by the number of jockeys available thus causing horses to miss out on runs due to unavailability of a jockey. Craiglea Stud, numerous clubs and other owners often pay for a jockey to travel to a country meeting to ensure they have a jockey for their horses. Other trainers then access those jockeys for additional rides and in many instances do not make any contribution to the cost of getting the jockey to the meeting.After having talks with jockeys at various country meetings Stan has identified that jockeys see the payment of fuel costs as being the most important factor in attracting them to travel to a country meeting outside their normal vicinity.Jockeys indicated that they would cover accommodation costs and wear and tear costs on vehicles if fuel costs were largely covered and therefore would be more willing to travel to country meetings.

The following model is presented by Stan as a proposal for discussion and implementation by Racing Queensland.Should the model prove successful it could later be adapted to suit all regions in the state and possibly expanded to assist travel from country to country race meetings.

Provincial Regions -
1. SE Qld to incorporate Brisbane,Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast,Gympie,Bundaberg and Toowoomba using Brisbane as the departure point for travel distances.
2. Other provincial centres are Rockhampton Mackay Townsville and Cairns.

Country Meetings- for the purposes of this model a country meeting eligible for assistance needs to be a minimum of 350klm from the provincial centre.

The Model: This model uses SE QLD as the provincial region.It has the jockey travelling to a country meeting at either Roma, Charleville or Blackall.Each meets the minimum distance of 350km one way for travel.The jockey has a book of 4 of a possible 5 rides and thus is eligible for assistance.
Roma Meeting:Fuel payment of $130 available in total..
Charleville Meeting: Fuel payment of $200 available in total.
Blackall Meeting:Fuel payment of $200 available in total.

How It Works:
1. Full payment is made to jockey by Racing Queensland using current systems.
2. Racing Queensland bills each trainer for whom the jockey rode for the total number of ride for Trainer A at Roma would cost $26,three rides for trainer B would cost $78 and The Roma Club would be billed $26 for the race in which the jockey did not ride.These bills could also be done using current systems.Thus a user pays system operates.
3. Identifying a jockey willing to travel to a country meeting from a provincial base requires the use of the Racing Queensland Magazine/Calendar and the Racing Queensland Website.

The Racing Calendar in the current magazine simply needs to list A,B,C,D,E beside each race listed on the country meeting program so that trainers and jockeys can identify easily what rides have been booked.

The RQ Website needs a jockey to be able to access the section that he/she is available to travel to a country meeting.Once contacted by a trainer and booked for a ride the jockey needs to be able to indicate on the website the race booked for by ticking A,B,C,D or E which then tells other trainers in which race on the calendar the jockey already has a booking.Thus the importance of the Racing Calendar and the RQ Website in this model.

This model requires input from all parties involved and involves all parties in meeting costs involved.

Should you have any comments/ideas to add to this proposal please contact Stan Johnston at Craiglea Stud Ph 54460160 or email

Craiglea Falcon Wins Again

By Rob Luck | Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Craiglea Falcon further enhanced his reputation as Craiglea Stud’s leading racehorse by scoring an impressive win in the Michael Wilkins Weight For Age 1200m at Townsville on Saturday.

Ridden a treat by leading jockey Adrian Coome Craiglea Falcon scored by a widening length and half over Diamond Pursuit and Whitsunday Express.Coome settled the gelding mid field from his good draw,made ground on the rail before the 600m before switching to the outside poised to strike on the hometurn.Falcon gathered in the leaders 200m from home before racing away to a superb win.

Craiglea Falcon is in career best form having recently won at Rockhampton and Townsville before finishing close up in the Rockhampton Newmarket.

Future plans are still to be decided with weight allocated being a key factor as to his next start.Craiglea Falcon may return to Townsville for an Open Handicap on a Tuesday meeting as an apprentice claim may reduce the likely topweight he will receive.However given his current great form it may be worth aiming for The Cleveland Bay Handicap as the gelding is showing a distinct liking for the Townsville track.

Helter Skelter 3yo helps put Queensland Breeding on WA map

By Adrian Johnston | Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Aquanita’s Perth trainer Simon Miller again proved the old racing adage that patience is a virtue when he produced the smart Helter Skelter 3 year old filly Mia China Doll in her debut race at Pinjarra today.

Mia China Doll got to the front of a packed field from an outside barrier and coasted to an easy 1 ¼ length win. Astute Singapore Magic Million agent Wade Burridge spotted the daughter of the 2007 Magic Millions Sprint & Lightning Winner at the 2010 QTIS 600 Sale for WA racing family the Gangemi’s who were keen to speculate on her breeding being out of the Catbird mare Le Cat who is a ½ sister to former Perth 2yo Magic Millions Classic winner Wolfe Dreams. Mia China Doll’s win impressed Miller and will be heading back to his Perth stables confident she will handle the step up in class to secure city success.

Incredibly the son of English sprinter Piccolo, Helter Skelter has now produced 2 individual winners and 2 placegetters from only 4 starters in his first crop of just six named foals. Like many stallions of the day Helter Skelter was an unfortunate victim of Australia’s EI disaster but with the percentage of success from such limited numbers including 4 time winner Psychodelic and the increased book of mares from last season the future for the stallion looks assured.

Helter Skelter remains the only stallion contact in Australia with Piccolo’s bloodline which is still well sought after with the deeds of Grp1 winner Queensland’s Temple Of Boom.

Stan Johnston’s Craiglea Stud at Kenilworth is continuing their support of Helter Skelter this season and Stan has committed to having minimum 12 mares covered this year.

For information and bookings call Annalise Moir 0439 672491 or Adrian Johnston 0410 626500

Group 3 Glory For Top Echelon

By Rob Luck | Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Craiglea Stud based stallion Top Echelon basked in the glory of the win by the Natalie McCall trained River Lad in the Group 3 W.J.Healy Stakes at Eagle Farm on Saturday. The 4yo gelding by Top Echelon x Ikeymo proved too strong for Excellantes and Griffon and took his earnings to $359000 at his eight win from 21 starts. He has shown a distinct liking for Eagle Farm recording four wins and three minor placings at the track from nine starts.

River Lad is the first Group winner for Top Echelon himself a former top two year old placing in the T J Smith Stakes behind Lovely Jubly in 2002. Standing at $3300 inc GST Top Echelon’s recent results are stamping him as the best value provincial based stallion in Queensland. A look at his results in the past week alone demonstrate the untapped potential of this stallion.

At Rockhampton on Newmarket day on Thursday, exciting gelding Hodgie and Mo won the 1200m Class 5 Handicap taking his record to 6 wins and two seconds from 9 starts. This galloper is open company and city class material and is considered potentially one of the best horses to come out of Rockhampton.

It only got better for Top Echelon on Saturday. Henry ‘Boy’ Forster trained Dual Echelon won his third cup race in the Central West when he easily won the 1800m $12000 BHP Billiton/McKinlay Shire Council Cup at McKinlay. This followed wins in the RM Williams/XXXX Gold Cup at Longreach and the AWU/Tree of Knowledge Cup at Barcaldine.Dual Echelon is now the leading contender for the Central West Horse Of The Year award.

At Gympie Craiglea Stud owned 4yo mare Craiglea Tina further enhanced her open company reputation by winning the 1470m Gympie RSL Club Cup Open Handicap. She has now won over $130000 from her 14 wins.

Two year old Top Rada rounded out the day for Top Echelon when he ran a fast finishing third in the rich QTIS 600 plate 1300m at the Rockhampton Cup races on Saturday. Already a city winning two year old Top Rada is showing the potential to develop into a good class 3yo capable of getting over more ground.

From limited opportunities so far Top Echelon is proving to be a versatile stallion capable of getting group winners and open company winners which train on with age. The results from the past week make him an attractive proposition for broodmare owners. Further details can be found on the Craiglea Stud website or by contacting the stud on 07 54460160.

You can also view the Arion Sire Report for Top Echelon.

Youth in Racing

By Rob Luck | Photos courtesy of The Longreach Leader | Monday, June 18th, 2012

Eliza & Henry saddling Craiglea EdgeEliza Callaghan,granddaughter of Ilfracombe trainer Henry ‘Boy’ Forster is proving racehorse ownership can be a young person’s game by racing her first horse Craiglea Edge in her own set of racing colours.

Craiglea Edge was originally sold to Boy Forster by Craiglea Stud on the proviso that Eliza was given a share in the horse as a thank you for all the times she had assisted Stan Johnston in strapping his horses when the Craiglea team visited the area.The horse didn’t let the team down early recording a win and placings.

Eliza & Craiglea Edge In his latest two runs the full ownership of Craiglea Edge has passed on to Eliza and she has designed her own set of colours of orange,green shamrock,white sleeves,green stripes,white cap and green pom in which to race the galloper. The thinking behind her design was to simply see the horse easily in running and her colours certainly stand out.Unfortunately ‘Edgey” as he is affectionately named has not saluted in his first two runs under Eliza’s ownership but it is only time before Eliza will be leading him back to the winner’s stall in her colours.

Eliza is part and parcel of the ‘Boy’ Forster stable doing most of the strapping for her grandfather on raceday and helping out in the day to day routines. Of course ‘Boy’ is the trainer of Craiglea Edge and there won’t be a prouder person on course when he produces Craiglea Edge as Eliza’s first winner. Meanwhile it is back to those stable chores for Eliza to pay those training bills all owners face.

Eliza leading Craiglea Edge in enclosure Eliza completed Year 12 at Longreach SHS last year and is currently working at Speir’s Pharmacy in Longreach as a gap year before aiming for a career in the navy.She is pictured saddling Craiglea Edge at the Longreach races on RM Williams/XXXX Gold Cup day and parading him prior to running unplaced in the Class 6 Plate.

Hodgie and Mo, Part 2

Courtesy of The Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton | Thursday, May 31th, 2012

Connections of Rockhampton’s newest exciting racehorse Hodgie and Mo will resist the alluring temptation of starting him in Rockhampton’s premier sprint the $75,000 Newmarket Handicap (1300m) on June 21 preferring to be swayed by sentiment for a likelier easier option.

Those were the thoughts of trainer John O’Sing after Col Donovan’s extended family favourite Hodgie and Mo (Anthony Allen, $1.90) simply made an above average field of Class 6 horses look second rate with a convincing win albeit from the outside barrier under 56.5kg at Callaghan Park yesterday. THURSDAY

As eluded to in yesterday’s preview story in The Morning Bulletin, Hodgie and Mo is something special as his record now stands at eight starts for five wins and two seconds.
Hodgie and Mo makes winning look easy and despite being trapped off the track in the early sections of the race, apprentice “Ant” Allen reported to O’Sing that “he won under his own steam”.

A proud Rockhamptonite and close friend or managing owner Donovan, it is fair to say that O’Sing, until now a nondescript trainer would like nothing more than to lead in a Newmarket winner.

“No way – he won’t be starting in the Newmarket. Our (Col Donovan and my) plan has been from the start of this campaign to set Hodgie for the Eric Railton Memorial over 1050 metres on Rocky Cup Day, June 23. Just in case he draws wide in that which virtually makes it impossible from the 1050 metres start, we’ll nominate him for a Class 5 Handicap, over 1200 metres on Newmarket Day. However, I reckon he would get far too much weight in that restricted race now”, O’Sing reasoned.

Apprentice jockeys rode six of yesterday’s seven race winners on the Rockhampton Jockey Club card, with “King of the Kids” Allen sharing a winning double (Red Story) with talented Alex Hearn (Hold That Thought – $31.00) and All Significant – $3.20).

Both Allen (Mysterious Man) and Brisbane senior Justin Stanley (Gold Coast Girl) had to forfeit those winning rides because of air travel delays.

Barcaldine junior Scott McCullum proved a worth replacement on the Allan Jenkinson trained Mysterious Man ($3.00) who finally realised his potential with an overdue win in the Maiden (1050m).

Mysterious Man, a giant of a horse is a son of the Encosta De Lago entire Man Of Illusion which took Rockhampton racing by storm in the autumn of 2005 with three successive wins for the John Wigginton stable followed by a Doomben success.

Man Of Illusion later raced in America where in May 2006, he won a Group 3 Stakes Sprint (1006m).

Actually, Mysterious Man’s win was a welcome home present for Man Of Illusion as he was recently returned to Rockhampton for stud duties commencing this season at Stewart Park Stud. Alton Downs.

Widely travelled Northern Rivers (NSW) apprentice Kirk Matheson served notice along with former West Australian Alex Hearn, that they are worthy opponents to Anthony Allen.
Matheson won the Class 1 Plate (1400m) on the Garnett Taylor trained Fertiro.

Mackay trainer Darren Symons was yesterday fined $1000 by stewards for what is commonly termed “stacking the field” by accepting with and then scratching Juveniles from an Open Handicap in Rockhampton last week.

The field then fell away to five starters with the Symons trained Old Mates Act unplaced behind Writer.

Hodgie and Mo, Part 1

Courtesy of The Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton | Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

At first glance the name Hodgie and Mo sounds just a little abstract or with due respect a tad dodgy.
The breeding of the brilliant four-year-old gelding Hodgie and Mo (Top Echelon-Rusticate) engaged in the last race at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park racecourse this afternoon also offers no clues.

So let’s just take the easy way out and “Google” Hodgie and Mo.
Maybe they were cartoon or comic book characters?
Appears not as the name comes up with a blank.
However, passionate racing and family man, Rockhampton’s Col Donovan the owner of Hodgie and Mo had in his mind sound reasoning for the choice of title.
“I name all my horses after family members. It’s the same with Hodgie and Mo”, Col says.
“The Hodgie part is named after my cousin Peter Hodges while Mo is the nickname my uncle Noel Murray has always had. So the horse was named Hodgie and Mo”, Col said.
So it’s that is – that is if you know either Hodgie or Mo who incidentally Col put into the ownership of Hodgie and Mo (the horse that is).

Seriously though Hodgie and Mo (the horse of course) can gallop.
From just seven race starts he has won four times and been placed second twice earning Hodgie and Mo (the humans) their share of $37,225 in prize money.
Hodgie and Mo was a bit dodgy at first though, finishing 10th of 12 on debut at the Gold Coast on January 30, 2010.
Then under two starts for trainer Lyle Wright at Rockhampton, he won and was runner-up in May 2010 despite racing with an action akin to a “dodgem car” – Hodgie was all over the place and so was Mo!
“It’s a long story but it turned out he had terrible sacroiliac problems with a muscle in his back. Eventually we got it treated successfully but he was off the scence from May 2010 until March 2012.

Excuse the pun but since then Hodgie and mo has never looked “back”.
Under the astute care and attention from Rockhampton trainer John O’Sing, Hodgie and Mo has had four starts at Callaghan Park for three wins and a second.
Today, he will be ridden by the “ant” in the final race the Class 6 (1200m) at 4.14pm.
Well if Hodgie and Mo doesn’t sound dodgy – an ant on his back certainly does.
Not this ant – boom apprentice Anthony “Ant” Allen regains the ride after winning on the horse two starts back on April 12.

Despite the class rise from a last start victory in Class 4 company, Col Donovan believes Hodgie and Mo can make the jump to Class 6 successfully.
“They (handicappers) don’t make it easy as he has 58.5kg”, he rued said.
What Col didn’t say was that “Ant” Allen will claim 2kg bringing the weight down to 56.5kg which should make it easy.

Hope that doesn’t sound a bit dodgy?

Daph ‘N’ Alf Stars for Longhorn

By Rob Luck | Sunday, May 20th, 2012

It is not often a despised 151.0 outsider provides a showcase result for a stallion but that was the case at Doomben on Saturday when Longhorn 3yo Daph ‘N’ Alf demonstrated his potential by running a 3.3 length fourth behind star Peter Snowden trained Mental in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic 1350 metres.

Daph ‘N’ Alf provided his owners with a huge thrill after being on the pace the whole race and moving into second place on the turn. This promising Longhorn gelding responded to Jason Taylor’s riding holding on gallantly to fourth place behind Mental, Amah Rock and Boys On Tour. Finishing behind him were some of Queensland’s best three year olds.

In almost providing Longhorn with his first Group placegetter Daph ‘N’ Alf further demonstrates the calibre of progeny this Craiglea based stallion is capable of producing. On top of the recent wins of the exciting Brian Smith trained Longshoreman who has now won three from three Longhorn is arguably one of the best value stallions at stud in Queensland.

Craiglea Falcon Takes Honours in Bracelet

By Rob Luck | Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Craiglea Falcon produced one of the best runs of his career in defeating a high class field in the Kalka Palms Hotel/Motel Amateur Bracelet Open Handicap 1200metres at Rockhampton on Saturday.

Ridden for the first time by David Simmons,Craiglea Falcon overcame difficulties in the run before he was able to gain clear running late in the straight and despite carrying 61kg finished too strongly for classy gallopers Emmertt and Red Story.It was a similar performance to his great win last start in Townsville when he carried 60kg to a convincing win.Given his present form it is highly likely the Peter Fleming trained galloper will target the Winter Carnival races in Rockhampton,Mackay and Townsville.

Craiglea Fighter weakened towards the finish of the race after leading well into the straight.Although outpointed by his Craiglea stablemate the Darryl Gardiner trained gelding lost few admirers in his first go at a carnival standard open company race and will continue to prove competitive in sprint races particularly up to 1100 metres.

Craiglea Falcon(Falvelon x Craiglea Lady)has now won 13 times from 62 starts with 16 minor placings for total prizemoney of over $260000.Given his style of racing from the back of the field requires luck in running Falcon’s record could even be stronger.He is already a twice listed race placegetter and in his present form Craiglea Falcon will certainly be the flagbearer for Craiglea Stud during the provincial winter carnivals.

Top Echelon Runners Feature on Rockhampton Amateur’s Day

By Rob Luck | Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Craiglea Stud based stallion Top Echelon continued his good form when two of his runners featured at Rockhampton on Saturday.

Sascha’s Spirit (Top Echelon x Madam Zaire) finished second at long odds in the 1100metres Maiden Handicap in only her second start in a race.

Hodgie and Mo is possibly the most talented performer by Top Echelon at the moment and he continued in winning form taking out the Class 4 Handicap 1100 metres in a close finish from Pegunny Cat.Trained by John O’Sing and ridden by Scott Sheargold Hodgie and Mo (xRusticate) showed the promise of a future open company galloper in the win and is building an imposing record with 4 wins and 2 seconds from only 7 starts.All 4 wins by the galloper have been at Rockhampton.

Craiglea Trifecta in Two Year Old Feature Race

By Rob Luck | Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Craiglea Stud saved the running of the Myers Newsagency QTIS 2yo handicap 1000m and were rewarded for the long trek to Longreach on Saturday by filling the first three placings.

With only a small number of 2yo’s currently in work in the Central West the six Craiglea acceptors along with a runner each from the Bevan Johnson and Todd Austin stables ensured the $14000 feature race would go ahead.Multiple Craiglea runners in 2yo races in Townsville,Mackay and Rockhampton have been common in the last two racing seasons with the now famous Craiglea Seven race in Mackay gaining worldwide attention when the runners filled the first seven placings.The support by Stan and Marilyn Johnston owners of Craiglea Stud has meant the incentive prizemoney available through the QTIS(Qld Thoroughbred Incentive Scheme) can actually be run for and won by owners and trainers of two year olds.

Even with the final five Craiglea starters the race did not prove to be a one act affair as the early pace was set by the Todd Austin filly My First Adventure from favourite Craiglea Stellar,the Bevan Johnson trained Kiss and Control and the remaining Craiglea runners some four lengths behind approaching the home turn.Craiglea Stellar under 59kg moved up and took the lead but almost immediately Craiglea Key and Craiglea Turbo made strong runs along the inside as My First Adventure weakened and Kiss and Control battled away.Under strong riding from Chris Kearney Craiglea Key proved too strong defeating Craiglea Turbo by a length with Craiglea Stellar a long neck back in third and Kiss and Control running a nice race in fourth place and denying the Craiglea runners a clean sweep of the prizemoney.

The trifecta result meant Craiglea Stud now has ten individual two year old winners of 18 races and 50 placings for total prizemoney of just over $480000.This is an achievement that any major stud would welcome.

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Impressive Longshoreman In Third Win

By Rob Luck | Monday, May 7th, 2012

Longshoreman (Longhorn/Star Council) continued his perfect start to a racing career by winning his third race in a row at Ipswich on Monday taking out the Sky Racing World Class 2 Handicap 1000m. He ran 58.75 with a last 600m of 34.47 on a track rated a slow 7.

It was the finishing burst in the final 100metres that really stamped Longshoreman as a horse with a bright future. Jockey Scott Galloway settled the gelding back towards the tail of the field and was cluttered up in the field as the field turned for home and Coup Rayvan dashed to what looked like an unassailable lead. Galloway gradually eased Longshoreman around heels to gain clear running where the gelding lengthened stride and rapidly gathered in the leader to win by ¾ length. So quickly did he finish that he was going away from the field with “what seemed a wing on every hoof”.

Longshoreman continues the run of success for his sire Longhorn and in his present form he is an exciting galloper to follow to see where his potential takes him.As detailed in other articles on this site Longshoreman is lucky to be alive after vets recommended he be put down following a paddock incident as a yearling. He is making every post a winner now he has made the racetrack and on Monday’s effort better class races may be in his sights.

Top Echelon Gallopers In Form

By Rob Luck | Monday, May 7th, 2012

Craiglea Stud stallion Top Echelon has had a good week with several runners flying the flag for him.

Bear’s Echelon (Top Echelon/Miss Alyta)returned $41 in winning the 1200m Bazza Hanley Class 2 Handicap at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday. The Kerry Munce trained galloper relished the heavy 9 surface and under hard riding from Ray Hancock was punched out to defeat Jayden And You by ¾ length.

On Saturday at Barcaldine,Dual Echelon (Top Echelon/Dual Success) won the Australian Workers’ Union Tree Of Knowledge Cup 1600m for Ilfracombe trainer Henry (Boy) Forster and jockey Daryll Brown.The strength of the win suggests Dual Echelon will be hard to beat in other cups races in the area in the near future.

Ray McCall’s 2yo Top Rada(Top Echelon/Dorada) already a city winner went down fighting to the promising Blackjack Davey in the XXXX Gold Qtis 2yo Handicap 1100m at Rockhampton last Thursday. These two gallopers cleared out from the rest of the field to fight out the finish.

Finally, Craiglea Tina(Top Echelon/Clementina) continued her consistent form in open company running a sound fourth in the G J Gardner Homes Yeppoon Cup 1400m on Saturday.

Top Echelon has the proven ability to throw city winners,open company provincial winners and gallopers who can perform on all types of track surfaces and conditions.He really gives broodmare owners a great chance to breed winners.

Falcon vs Fighter

By Rob Luck | Friday, May 4th, 2012

Racing results from Townsville and Rockhampton this week suggest a two horse race is developing between Craiglea Falcon and Craiglea Fighter for the mantle of Craiglea Stud’s leading racehorse. The title was recently vacated with the retirement of evergreen Craiglea Warrior.

Craiglea Falcon courtesy of his open victories and listed race placings would be a clear favourite for the title but a ‘new kid on the block’ has emerged in the shape of Craiglea Fighter.

At Townsville on Tuesday 1st April, Craiglea Falcon demonstrated his class coming from near the rear of the field to run away from his opposition in the Searles Garden Products Open Handicap 1200m in a very fast 1.09.46 the last 600m in 33.88. Carrying 60kg and ridden a treat by Kelvin Wharton, Falcon drove between the leaders 100 metres out and went away to win by 1.3 lengths from Mr Punkrocker and Jovelon.

Not to be outdone on Thursday at Rockhampton, Craiglea Fighter extended his winning record by demolishing the field in the XXXX Bitter Open Handicap 1050m defeating odds on favourite Fleet ’N’ Fast by 3.5 lengths and Our Mr Cashman third. Trinity Bannon had Fighter in the front from the jump and although annoyed for the lead by Gold War he was able to shake off that galloper as they straightened and then increased his lead down the 600 metre straight running an impressive 1.00.18 with the last 600 in 33.16.

Both gallopers have been in terrific form of late and have posed Craiglea Stud with interesting decisions as to where to head from here. It is quite possible both gallopers will be aimed for feature events during the winter months at Rockhampton, Mackay and / or Townsville.

Craiglea Falcon now has the enviable record of 12 wins and 16 minor placings from 61 starts earning over $250,00 prize money. He is a multiple city winner and has placed in the 2011 Westwood Handicap and Gold Coast Quality Handicap both listed races. A six year old gelding by Falvelon x Craiglea Lady, he is a full brother to seven time winner Falvalea, a high quality mare who started twice in listed and group company as a two year old.

Craiglea Lady, passed in at $70000 at a QBB5 sale is by Secret Savings x Lady Eclipse. During her racing career she ran twice on the one day at Barcaldine finishing umplaced and then backing up two races later and winning. It has proven no detriment to her breeding career as she has also produced another multiple winner in Craiglea Gee Tee (x Falvelon) and winners Craiglea Capri (x Waterford Road) and Craiglea Cobra (x Waterford Road). Her 2009 Falvelon filly died after birth, her 2010 yearling filly is by Warhead and she has a weanling filly by Falvelon and currently is in foal to Falvelon. Craiglea Lady is herself building an imposing broodmare record after almost being put down after becoming very lame during the weaning of Craiglea Falcon. Defying vet recommendations to have the mare put down, Marilyn Johnston successfully treated the massive hole in her fetlock by flushing the joint with manuka honey and using homeopathy treatments. The mare continues to be perfectly sound since that treatment.

Craiglea Fighter (Falvelon x Tamas) now has 9 wins and 9 minor placings from 31 starts with close to $87,000 in prizemoney. After showing a lot of early promise his form deteriorated as he was found to have a breathing problem in the form of a lazy laraynx. Since a gear change of applying a tongue control bit, Fighter has been most impressive winning six times and placing twice from 10 starts. He is certainly on his way to fulfilling his early potential and the addition of the tongue control bit has worked wonders on the gelding.

Craiglea Fighter is the second foal of the Hamas mare Tamas with his older sister Noosa Bay also a multiple provincial and country winner. The mare currently has a yearling colt by Rapid Man and is in foal to Warhead.

Craiglea Falcon has the runs on the board to be crowned ‘king’ of the Craiglea team but the younger Craiglea Fighter in his present form is a worthy contender.

Both gallopers are suitable candidates to replace the retired Craiglea Warrior who now has the new role at Craiglea of ‘daddy day care’ by looking after the foals that have just been weaned (see pictures home page).

Longhorn Winner at Longreach Breaks Track Record

By Rob Luck | Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Winton trained Longhorn gelding GUSTO, provided the Craiglea Stud based stallion with his 7th individual winner when he broke the track record in winning the Ernie McCullagh Qtis Maiden Plate 800 metres at Longreach on Saturday.

Ridden by leading Central West jockey David Rewald,Gusto bounded from the barriers and led all the way to win easily by 3 lengths.Rewald barely moved on the galloper as he set a new record time of 44.72.Trainer Ray Hermann believes he can extend Gusto’s speed and stamina out to at least 1000metres now that he is getting fitness into the gelding.A strong,compact sprinter Gusto finally broke a string of minor placings having recorded 6 minor placings from his previous 12 starts.

Longhorn has only had nine runners from 14 named foals from his first two crops with the enviable record of 7 individual winners and 1 placegetter.He has really come to the attention of trainers through the deeds of exciting gallopers Longshoreman,Daph ‘n ‘ Alf and Black Magic.He provides a wonderful opportunity for owners seeking to breed to race and his progeny are proving adept on all race surfaces and wet or dry tracks.

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The Current State and Future Direction of Queensland Country Racing (Interview with Stan)

By Rob Luck | Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Stan Johnston’s interview on Radio Tab’s Bush Beat as he discusses the current state and future direction of country racing in Queensland with presenter Rob Luck. Listen to the interview below by clicking the “play” button, or download to listen offline;

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DAPH ‘N’ ALF edged out in photo finish.

By Rob Luck | Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Promising Longhorn galloper Daph ‘N’ Alf continued the strong results for his sire when he was edged out in a photo finish by Signified in the Hidden Dragon @ Lyndhurst Class 3 Plate at Eagle Farm yesterday.

On a slow 6 track Daph ‘N’ Alf shared the lead throughout the race before pinching a break at the 200metres.It was only in the last stride that a determined Signified ran down Daph ‘N’ Alf in the fastest run 1200 metres on the day.

Trained by Nathan Schofield and ridden by Jason Taylor Daph ‘N’ Alf showed he has trained on well since his first up fourth behind promising 3yo Saraji at Eagle Farm on the 9th April and he should soon be in the winners circle this preparation.

Two From Two For Longshoreman

By Rob Luck | Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Longshoreman as a foal

The racing future of Longhorn 3YO Longshoreman looks bright after he convincingly won the Hot 91.1 Class 1 Handicap (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday. Jockey Scott Galloway drove the gelding along the rails to record an impressive 2¾ length win. The Brian Smith trained galloper has now recorded two from two after winning his first start at the Sunshine Coast on 1st April. Both wins were recorded on Heavy 8 tracks.

The fact that Longshoreman has even made it to the track is a miracle as he basically cheated death following a paddock accident as a yearling whilst being reared at Craiglea Stud. Owner Andrew Knox was understandably distraught when informed by Marilyn Johnston that the stud vet had advised the horse be put down after he virtually severed the front off side flexor tendon. Marilyn, noting the gelding could put weight on the leg, pleaded with Andrew to give her 3 months at nil cost to try to repair the injury. It was a decision that Andrew should now be pleased he agreed to as Marilyn’s treatment of the horse produced miraculous results such that he was declared totally sound when entering the Brian Smith stable.

The secret to Marilyn’s success with Longshoreman and numerous other horses at Craiglea lies in her belief in the use of Homeopathy to treat horses. Such treatment has assisted horses recover from colic, tie up, serious ligament and bone problems and in Longshoreman’s case a nearly severed tendon.

Homeopathy is based on the principle of “like cures like”. The remedies which are generally dilutions of natural substances from plants, minerals and animals are selected to specifically match a horse’s individual symptom pattern. The principle of treating “like with like” dates back to Hippocrates (460-377BC) but in its current form, homeopathy has been widely used worldwide for more than 200 years. Homeopathy is based on the Law of Similars: that when a substance in large doses causes certain symptoms, in small doses it can cure these same symptoms.

Marilyn has successfully used homeopathy to treat horse and human ailments over a 25 year period and after initially being skeptical of the practice she has become an avid supporter of its benefits. Many a time Marilyn explains renowned Queensland vet Lester Walters has advised Stan nothing more can be done to help a horse, but take it home and let Marilyn use her ‘witch’s remedies’ on it. The success rate can only be described as outstanding. Obviously Marilyn feels a great deal of pride in the results of Longshoreman but also credits the horse with being a ‘true gentleman’ and showing a real willingness to heal during his months long rehabilitation.

Longhorn in Limelight

The performances of Longshoreman are now shedding a positive light on the future of stallion Longhorn (Danehill x Fitting by Marscay). Owner Ray Dart stands Longhorn at Craiglea Stud and the stallion’s oldest progeny are 3YOs. Aside from Longshoreman, promising filly Black Magic (x Heavenly Belle) recently won at a midweek meeting in Brisbane and Daph ‘N’ Alf (x Gobbledegook) has been a multiple winner and recently resumed in Saturday city class with a promising 4th. Provincial and country place getters such as Saquarra, Craiglea Pristine and Craiglea Art feature in Longhorn’s 14 named foals. From 9 starters he has sired 6 winners of 8 races and 18 minor placings at a 66.7% winner to runners rate. Comments from several Brisbane trainers suggest that Longhorn progeny will be highly sought after next season and definitely suited to the QTIS 600 scheme.

As for Longshoreman’s dam, Star Council, she has a yearling full brother to the galloper and is currently in foal to Longhorn.

A horse’s will to survive, an owner’s willingness to give Marilyn’s treatments a chance and Marilyn’s firm belief in her homeopathy treatment has brought Longshoreman back from death’s door to be the flag bearer for Longhorn and a potential city winner in the making.

Anyone interested in more details on homeopathy and its treatment for horses can contact Marilyn on (07) 5446 0160.

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