I was born old, but I am young – jockey Trevor Johnson

Observer writer

Friday, December 14, 2018

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Jockey Trevor Johnson, a 59-year-old native of the Gregory Park community, last rode a winner in 2003 when he won aboard Veronica's Special for trainer Albert Chong.

Then on Saturday last (December 8, 2018), Johnson broke the spell when he guided home the Paul Charlton-trained Best Advice.

Johnson was vocal after his long-overdue win.

“Well, right now at first, I want everybody to know that my mother had me late and so I was born old and but I am young. My mother gave birth to me two months after the scheduled time to have me.

“To be honest, I am riding better now than in my young days and so everything is good with me at the moment. I am fit and I am healthy plus there are no injuries,” Johnson revealed.

Many would be very happy winning their race after a decade but not Johnson.

“Right now, I am more into getting rides to see if I can win more races rather than getting all that excited about one winner, and I put the more important things in front like continuing to work hard and so on.

“But I do feel happy winning a race after 15 years, but it doesn't really feel exciting for me because I have been very active in the morning and there is no day that I have not been on a horse's back.

“From I was eight years I have been in the sport and now I am almost 60 and will continue to do so as long as I can,” he said.

With this win out of the way, Johnson is hoping that this can ignite the sparks in him getting more winning rides.

“I haven't been getting the rides, but I have been working same way and so whenever the opportunity came I took it. I know every trainer and they know me as well, and so I hope now that I can get more rides and hopefully win more races.

“All that I can say to the public is to expect good from me here on. I thank everyone for the support and warm welcome plus the connections of Best Advice to give me the ride. I am capable and I can get the job done,” Johnson informed.

Best Advice took the lead after about half a furlong (100m) and pulled away for a 2 1/2 -length win.

Best Advice ran the maiden special weight event for native-bred three-year-olds over five furlongs (1,000m) straight in 1:01.1, getting the better of Cerasini and Msmyrtlerichiegirl.

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