Racetrack focus for partners tomorrow

Gone are the relaxing days at the beach for Danielle Johnson and Stephen Marsh. It's back to work chasing combined success at Tauranga tomorrow.

Gone are the recent relaxing times in Europe for Danielle Johnson and Stephen Marsh. It’s back to work chasing combined success at Tauranga tomorrow.

Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh is helping to slowly ease his girlfriend back into the raceday action at Tauranga tomorrow.

Globetrotting jockey Danielle Johnson will make a low key return to domestic business on just two rides, on both Marsh-trained runners.

She has recently returned from a European trip that combined business with pleasure and after competing in a female jockeys’ series in Sweden she holidayed in England, France and Italy with Marsh.

“I felt like I needed a little break. I’m raring to go to ride some winners,” said Johnson.

The 25-year-old will partner On The Move in the Bayleys Real Estate 1200 and Moneybox in the Capital Tractors 1400.

On The Move showed promise last season and in a handful of starts she placed behind the Listed Karaka Million winner Xiong Feng and finished fourth in the Listed Murdoch Newell Stakes.

Moneybox is also lightly-tried with a win from her seven appearances and with two recent outings she should see her strip at peak.

Johnson has yet to settle on her mounts for the upcoming Triple Crown series at Hastings and today she trialled the Hawke’s Bay contender and Gr. 2 Eight Carat Classic winner Capella at Te Teko. Capella finished an encouraging third in a 1000-metre heat.

On Saturday, Johnson will partner the Gr. 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes winner Valley Girl when she resumes at Ruakaka.

– NZ Racing Desk.