He trained the winner of every heat and landed the quinella in both semi-finals. Yet as if that was not enough, Anakie trainer Jeff Britton also prepared the first four runners across the line in the Group Three Brian Johnstone Memorial final at Angle Park in Thursday night.
It was Weblec Belle, the outsider of his four charges, who took out the race by half a length from Oakvale Destiny in 29.71.
Britton had told ARG through the week that he thought the daughter of Dyna Tron and Snow Excuse (Pure Octane – Excuse Me) has plenty of strength and would likely get further in the future. That was evident when she managed to stave off the very strong multiple Group winner Oakvale Destiny to claim the $25,000 first prize.
Weblec Belle left box six in sixth place before mustering pace and whipping around the outside of jamming leaders to pilot the field into the back straight.
With Britton’s trio of Oakvale Destiny (3), Oakvale Flyer (7) and Texas Titan (4) the margin abbreviators, the result was far from a fait accompli.
Despite Oakvale Destiny looming large, the 27kg fawn bitch who only turned two this week, found plenty to hang on and win.
Oakvale Destiny finished second, Texas Titan was third and Oakvale Flyer rounded out Britton’s fabulous four.
Of the beaten brigade, it is hard to make excuses for any of the other runners other than a gap in class.
The win was Weblec Belle’s eighth from just 15 career starts and takes her career earnings beyond $40,000.
2014 Group Three Brian Johnstone Memorial – Full Results
1st – Weblec Belle (6) – Jeff Britton
2nd – Oakvale Destiny (3) – Jeff Britton
3rd – Texas Titan (4) – Jeff Britton
4th – Oakvale Flyer (7) – Jeff Britton
5th – Spicy Peppa (1) – Cameron Butcher
6th – Gun McBain (2) – Vadim Roz
7th – Dodger I Am (5) – Cameron Butcher
8th – Sunday Shoes (8) – Nathan Wilson
1st Split: 4.46 (2)
2nd Split: 16.95 (6)
Run Home: 12.76 (6)
Margins: 1/2 x 1
Scratchings: Gunsmoke McBain (9), Young Gun McBain (10)