WINNER: Craiglea trainer Krystle Johnston (walking) has won the QTIS two-year-old trainers’ premiership.
WINNER: Craiglea trainer Krystle Johnston (walking) has won the QTIS two-year-old trainers’ premiership. Lee Constable

Krystle clear winner of trainers’ premiership

YOUTHFUL trainer Krystle Johnston has won the QTIS two-year-old trainers' premiership.

Krystle took over the preparation of the Craiglea Stud team only in March this year and in 14 weeks since has saddled up eight QTIS winners earning QTIS bonuses of $148,000.

Toowoomba trainer Tony Sears was runner-up with eight winners of $137,600.

Gympie-based trainer Peter Fleming, who prepared the Craiglea team for the first part of the season before handing over to Krystle, trained 10 QTIS winners of $130,600 to finish third after having been the winner of the QTIS premiership the previous year.

Ruthless execution

WARHEAD gelding Executed was the QTIS two-year-old of the season, winning $118,800 in QTIS bonus money.

By Craiglea-based Warhead, a son of Viscount, Executed had nine starts for the season winning six and being placed on the other three occasions to earn total prizemoney of $189,400 including a win in North Queensland's premier two-year-old race, the $100,000 Townsville Parry Nissan.

Executed finished the season with five successive wins at Rockhampton and Townsville to give his sire a second win in the two-year-old QTIS division.

Executed is out of the Easy Rocking mare, Romanov Girl. Last season, the Warhead gelding Craiglea Cruz was the top QTIS two-year-old, winning four races for trainer Peter Fleming including a Saturday win at Eagle Farm.

Craiglea Cruz was an all-Craiglea product being by Craiglea's Danehill stallion, Waterford Road.

Next generation

ALREADY the Johnston team has the next team of two-year-olds ready for the new season juvenile races.

Krystle has 30 Craiglea-bred youngsters well advanced to contest the early-season two-year-old races.

The youngsters are prepared on a straight track on the Craiglea property with the whole operation now in house.

The Craiglea youngsters race mainly in Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville, necessitating many thousands of kilometres of travel from the Kenilworth-based stud.

Girl power

THE racetrack successes of female riders on the country tracks has become fairly common, with last week's Gympie races an example.

All six winners were ridden by female apprentices who dominated the meeting numerically as well as in the winners' stalls.

As happened the previous month, the girls took over the larger male jockeys room as they outnumbered them 10 to eight.

Of the 59 starters last Saturday, 43 were ridden by the girls with apprentices, Amy Van der Sanden (two wins), Natalea Summers, Billie Rose Derbyshire, Melissa Cox and Sarah Eilbeck all landing winners.

Success despite rain

IT WAS very heartening to see the excellent crowd that turned out for last Saturday's Nolan Muster Cup day despite the very dismal weather.

The day must have been one of the wettest days of racing at the Southside track.

The fact that the six-race card was completed was a testament to the "new" track which has regained its reputation as a truly all-weather surface.

The support of the Gympie community for the local races continues to be outstanding.

Prize boost

GYMPIE races next on September 27 with this meeting followed by the River Junction Gympie Cup day on October 25.

With prizemoney increases due to begin on October 1, the 1600m River Junction Gympie Cup should be worth $19,000 in total prizemoney and Connolly's NewsExpress Flying $10,000.