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Tweet Tweet: take the lead in York
By Kitty Trice
A longtime dream has come true for owner-breeder Trish Johnson as the ‘little one’ Tweet showed courage and class in equal measure by winning the handicap of a competitive filly on day one of the reunion from Ebor.
The Twilight Son filly was bred by Johnson and her late husband John’s former Bishop Wilton Stud and, after being redeemed as a Tattersalls foal and then becoming a riding horse due to her size, foiled all expectations.
Bishop Wilton Stud was based just a few miles from the racetrack and has bred a few decent horses over the years, such as Peaceful Paradise, winner of the Sweet Solera Stakes in 2000, and Maycocks Bay, which landed a Listed event in York for Lady Bamford and became the mother of the heroine of the Oaks Sariska.
See Tweet Tweet doing it all at home for local coach Declan Carroll was especially special for Johnson.
She said: “I’ve been going to York since I was almost in a stroller and always used to tell my dad I’m going to lead a winner there, and now I did. C is my dream because it is the best racetrack in the world and I love it.
“I had a few winners there, but this one I got for just £ 800 at foal sales.”
As that amount suggests, Tweet Tweet wasn’t factored into making the most auspicious start to life as a racehorse – and it didn’t.
In fact, the Tattersalls December Foal Sale graduate might not even have been a racehorse until Carroll, who had also saddled her Rock Of Gibraltar mother Tweety Pie to score at Beverley, realized that ‘she had abilities.
Johnson explained: “Tweet was small as a colt, and the first colt was even smaller, he was like a little dog, although he still only managed to be beaten by a short head at Wolverhampton.
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“I gave Tweet for being a riding horse, but she started to rear up and misbehave. As soon as Declan rode her he said I had to get her back because she’s good. So, instead of having two mares, I now have three. “
Fate smiled sweetly on Johnson, his filly having placed three times in good two-to-one company before storing her first tag at Thirsk in April. Two more wins followed, including his last length and a quarter-hit on the Knavesmire, and now a company climb could be considered.
It was also a poignant result for Johnson, who only left the stud farm in early 2020 and sadly lost her husband, who spent 40 years as a groom at Lord and Lady Halifax’s neighboring stud farm in Garrowby, the year former.
Johnson was also faced with a difficult situation when her best broodmare had a colic attack, but it thankfully had a happy ending.
She added: “My best mare had colic and I spent eight hours bringing her for surgery when she was ten months pregnant. Luckily they saved the mare and the foal.”
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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 1:15 PM, AUGUST 22, 2021