Miles horse trainer wins rac­ing award

Chinchilla News - - LIFE -

MILES horse trainer Be­van John­son took out the Queens­land Coun­try Trainer of the Year award at the Rac­ing Queens­land Awards night in Bris­bane ear­lier this month.

John­son’s stats are im­pres­sive, with 69.5 wins for the sea­son, a run­ners strike rate of more than 21%, and $485,000 in prize money.

His horse Fabs Cow­boy also basked in the lime­light, win­ning Coun­try Queens­land horse of the year for 13 wins, in­clud­ing the Bund­aberg Cup, Emer­ald Cup, and Bar­cal­dine Labour Day Week­end Tree of Knowl­edge Cup.

John­son says his strat­egy is to buy tried horses and place them around the state where they can win - and has lots of suc­cess do­ing it.

His motto is that there is a race out there for every horse, the key is to go and find it.

And he’s not alone. Horses run in his fam­ily.

His daugh­ter Dakota Gra­ham took out the Coun­try Jockey Pre­mier­ship and was named Ap­pren­tice Jockey of the Year at the Rac­ing Queens­land Awards night, with 51 wins un­der her belt.

To­gether the pair took out the lead­ing trainer and jockey award at the Birdsville Car­ni­val, and are cur­rently on a month-long tour of out­back race tracks with stops at Be­dourie, Win­ton, Clon­curry, and Lon­greach.

Dakota is also burst­ing from the gates to take the next leap in her ca­reer, leav­ing Miles for the Sun­shine Coast to team up with Natalie McCall for a 3-month loan.

But per­haps what is par­tic­u­larly spe­cial about Be­van’s ac­com­plish­ments is his deep de­vo­tion to his craft.

John­son rides all his horses in work and per­forms the day-to-day du­ties of run­ning his sta­bles pro­gram­ming for his team of 30.

WIN: Be­van John­son and Dakota Gra­ham.

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