Miles horse trainer wins racing award
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.