John­son for ‘Ma­her’

The Dominion Post - - Racing - MAT KERMEEN

Chris John­son is sus­pended but was a keen ob­server of rac­ing at Ric­car­ton on Satur­day.

And the reign­ing na­tional jock­eys’ premier­ship cham­pion will be pleased with what he saw from the now out­right Cou­p­land’s Bak­eries Mile favourite Son Of Ma­her.

The Michael and Matt Pit­man trained Son Of Ma­her, who races in the colours of Ver­mair Rac­ing, was an im­pres­sive one and a quar­ter length win­ner of the Cou­p­land’s Bak­eries Mile Trial on Satur­day.

The vic­tory was sig­nif­i­cant enough for book­mak­ers to move the Al Ma­her geld­ing into $5 favouritism for the $230,000 fea­ture on the mid­dle day of Cup week (Novem­ber 15).

Ver­mair Rac­ing was founded by for­mer Black Caps cap­tain Bren­don McCul­lum and the crick­et­ing hero took to so­cial me­dia to con­grat­u­late team Pit­man and Satur­day’s jockey Sam Wynne on the vic­tory.

But Michael Pit­man con­firmed that John­son would be back for the ride in the Group II Cou­p­land’s Bak­eries Mile.

John­son has also been booked to ride Son Of Ma­her’s stable­mate Sen­sei in the Group I Al Basti Equi­world New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Ric­car­ton on Novem­ber 11.Sen­sei is an $8 chance in the 2000 Guineas mar­ket.

Ear­lier this month, John­son was handed two care­less rid­ing sus­pen­sions within three days. The re­sult­ing penal­ties put him on the side­lines for 17 meet­ings.

PHOTO: RACE IM­AGES

Sam Wynne rides Son Of Ma­her to vic­tory at Ric­car­ton on Satur­day.

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