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Johnstones chasing success on Cup day

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November 03, 2017

Gwenda Johnstone

Gwenda Johnstone-trained Suave Shadoway motors down the straight in the 1200m Echuca Newsagency Plate.

SUCCESS breeds desire.

When you taste victory, you can never get enough.

And when success isn’t coming, you’re met with frustration.

Gwenda (pictured above) and Michael Johnstone know success.

Their stable has more than 160 wins, including a group one win.

This season, which is still only months old, has produced just one winner.

It has also produced seven second-placers, four by the shortest of margins.

For most, this would be a satisfying start to the year.

But when you expect success, this will not do.

‘‘Most of our horses are thereabouts ... not being beat by much, so they will get there,’’ Michael said.

‘‘But, it’s all a bit frustrating that they’re that close and not quite getting over the line.’’

The stable is looking forwards, with a new crop of horses coming through.

‘‘A few of the new ones ended last season off strongly. They have a couple of wins and strong results under their belts already, so now it becomes about getting those same results out of them this season,’’ Michael said.

The start of a return to form for the stable will hopefully start on Tuesday at the Echuca Melbourne Cup day meet, where the stable has up to three horses running — She’s Just Lika, Wide Open Road and Sightly.

‘‘Hopefully we see them produce the results we are expecting of them,’’ Michael said.

‘‘We have them racing on Tuesday, we also have two other horses racing Friday night at Moonee Valley, as well as another on Wednesday.’’

Like most within the racing community, the Johnstone team will be at the carnival.

‘‘It’s a fantastic carnival, the crowds from all around town are great and it’s really impressive to see how many of them come out to see it. Also, the racing is great,’’ Michael said.

But enjoyment of the carnival is not the top priority — winning is.

‘‘We believe we aren’t far off getting some results, so we expect to start getting them soon,’’ Michael said.

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