Craiglea Stud look­ing to grab dou­ble with sharp pair

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER

CRAIGLEA Stud owner Stan John­ston is dar­ing to dream of a Cleve­land Bay dou­ble as they sad­dle up two run­ners in to­day’s time­honoured sprint at Clu­den Park.

This year’s Cal­tex Yab­ulu Cleve­land Bay Open Hand­i­cap ( 1300m) has at­tracted the strong­est field in re­cent me­mory and Craiglea Deken and Craiglea Wan­doo shape as two of the lead­ing chances.

The sta­ble al­ready has a strong record in the Townsville fea­ture af­ter trainer Krys­tle John­ston pre­pared last year’s win­ner Ex­e­cuted, who over­came the hand­i­cap­per and a wide al­ley to bolt home by more than two lengths.

Craiglea Deken has been slugged with the top weight to­day, but that’s un­likely to bother the four- year- old given he’s car­ried 60.5kg or more in his last four wins in Townsville.

Deken is bet­ter suited back at this dis­tance af­ter fin­ish­ing third over 1800m last start and prior to that he’d won six in a row, in­clud­ing 10 from 14 at Clu­den Park.

The Craiglea pair have al­ready had some good for­tune at the bar­rier draw, with Wan­doo in three and Deken in four, and Stan John­ston was con­fi­dent they were set for big per­for­mances.

“It’s a very strong field, but the good thing is we’ve drawn good al­leys and we needed to,” he said.

“Both our horses pre­ferred dis- tance is 1400m so if they had have drawn wide back at 1300m then they wouldn’t have been able to go back and come round them.

“It’s hard for Deken to come back from 1800m to 1300m, but Krys­tle looks as though she’s got him pretty good. Where they’ve drawn is ideal and we’re hope­ful.”

Deken might have the more im­pres­sive form line, but John­ston be­lieved Wan­doo was the pick of the sta­ble­mates given his strong record in Bris­bane.

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