Sweet Taranaki result for McCarroll

Just Sugar (Tim Johnson) sneaking through on the inside to win well at New Plymouth yesterday.

Just Sugar (Tim Johnson) sneaking through on the inside to win well at New Plymouth yesterday.

Cambridge trainer Ross McCarroll was full of praise for his “pony” Just Sugar and apprentice rider Tim Johnson after they combined to win at New Plymouth yesterday.

While he was at Ellerslie where had no joy with another runner, Mo Chara, McCarroll watched the Trackside coverage of Just Sugar’s performance in the opening event at Taranaki and was thrilled to see Just Sugar record her second win from five starts.

A maiden winner two starts earlier at Tauranga, Just Sugar was ridden for the first time by Johnson, who gave her a comfortable run fourth on the inner and pushed her through a gap on the fence to win by a neck.

“It was a beautiful ride. You couldn’t ask for more,” said McCarroll.

Between her two wins Just Sugar had finished seventh at Rotorua on July 30 and that was a run McCarroll was prepared to overlook.

“She trained off when she last ran so we freshened her up,” he said. “She tries her little heart out. She’s only about 14.2 hands so it was a great effort.”

A four-year-old daughter of Battle Paint, Just Sugar was bred and is raced by the Douglas family.