Crawford, Johnson share honours

Barbadian Juan Crawford and Jamaican Kirk Johnson both rode two winners on Monday, to share the spotlight on the eight-race card.

Veteran Crawford, the championship leader, captured race one with favourite Blessed Two and returned to win race four with another favourite Station Rock.

Johnson, meanwhile, won with 7-1 chance Marriage Counselor in race three and with 12-1 bet Giant Mine in race five.

Crawford tops the standings with 40 wins, eight clear of Melanie Pinto on 32 with Johnson one back in third in the season that wraps October 13.

It was Crawford who raised the curtain on the day’s action when he paired with four-year-old bay gelding Blessed Two to beat the three-year-olds and upward by 3-¼ lengths in a six furlong sprint.

And his second win came in a five furlong dash, getting five-year-old bay gelding Station Rock to the wire by 4-¾ lengths, to beat the three-year-olds and upward.

Four-to-one bet Yallhaveaniceday led into the stretch before Station Rock dominated the stretch run after chasing.

Johnson tasted success in his first race of the day, combining with five-year-old bay gelding Marriage Counselor to get the better of the three-year-olds and upward over six furlongs.

Get My Gist set the pace before Johnson roused Marriage Counselor from a stalking position to edge the fast-finishing Sophistication by a nose.

Johnson’s second win was completely dominant as he made all the running with another five-year-old chestnut gelding Giant Mine to dismiss the three-year-olds and upward by 4-¾ lengths, going a mile and sixteenth.


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