Johnston-Porter confident with Master Winks
Talented apprentice Clint Johnston-Porter has a sensational book of rides at the KBRC tomorrow.
The highlight of Johnston-Porter’s engagements appears to be Master Winks, who steps up to open company for the first time in the Sheffields The Recreation & Variety Charity Sprint over 1200m.
The four year old will be against the likes of the well performed Mr Motown who is yet to be beaten at the track, Casino Belle who resumes tomorrow and The Express who gets some weight relief stepping back up to open company.
The George Grljusich trained galloper will face his toughest assignment to date but Johnston-Porter is confident that the son of Oratorio will be hard to beat.
“I’ve been able to ride him like the best horse in the race at his past couple, given its open company I will have to ride him a tad bit prettier than his past couple of runs but I think he’s a better horse than the others engaged” Johnston-Porter said.
Master Winks will jump from barrier four with Johnston-Porter endeavouring to sit behind the leading division.
“I’ll just sit off the pace, hopefully I’ll lob fourth or fifth with cover”
“With his offset leg, he’s a horse that you let straighten up before letting him open up, his acceleration is terrific”
Johnston-Porter and Grljusich will also combine with Britella in the Riklan Emergency Management Services Maiden over 1100m.
The mare was transferred to Grljusich from friend and fellow trainer Bob McPherson since her last run when finishing third behind Snitzalong.
The daughter of War Pass has the best form lines of the fields and has placed on seven occasions from ten starts.
“The horse has been in form so I would expect she will go close”
Johnston-Porter brought up 100 wins for the 2015/2016 racing season last week at the KBRC with a double aboard Grand Reward and Miss Jupiter.
“It’s a big achievement for me, at the start of the season I wasn’t confident that I would even go leading apprentice”
Johnston-Porter has six rides today at Belmont Park and believes Zuccheros is his best chance in the Beaufine Stakes.
Should Johnston-Porter salute on the Durrant trained galloper it will give him his first listed success.