Would Johnson’s pedigree goes back to his great-grandfather, who bred one of Australia’s all-time greatest sprinters, champion Chestnut Vain.
A Victoria resident, Johnson worked at Lindsay Park as a teenager and then for Robert Smerdon in Melbourne.
In 2015 his career took a major turn when he moved to England to work for manager Roger Varion, followed by a stint with famed agent Hubie de Burgh. Johnson returned to Australia in 2019 with de Burgh, who travels to most of Australia’s major auctions, and a career as a bloodstock agent is high on his agenda.
Last year, Johnson teamed up with Peter and Paul Snowden to help them find yearlings and proven horses. The trio found immediate Group 1 success with Doomben Cup winner Huetor and another winner, Old Flame.
The Snowdens teamed up with Johnson on a full-time basis, and the team was able to strike gold at the Magic Millions when Johnson bid on the Snowdens’ behalf with Jason Stenning, the man behind the Trilogy operation, and joined the syndicate.
Trilogy is one of the four main identities behind the massive syndicate arranged by Newgate’s Henry Field, which includes the China Horse Club and Sir Owen Glenn’s Go Bloodstock group.
Will was thrilled to be entrusted with bidding on her only purchase on Tuesday, when he paid the session’s second-highest price – $1.25 million – for Russian Conquest’s Snitzel half-sister, which fetched around 2 million on Saturday US Dollar 3YO Magic Millions Guineas.
“She was easily my pick from the catalog,” Johnson said. “I rated her very highly. My highest bloodstock purchase to date was $440,000 and the excitement of bidding on the filly – it was certainly a memorable moment when the auctioneer’s gavel fell.”
The first two days of sales on the Gold Coast were astronomical as over $94 million changed hands.
A filly by Zoustar by Solar Charged (Lot 399), who is a full sister to champion filly Sunlight, set a new Magic Millions record of $2.6 million.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/johnson-has-the-magic-touch-for-snowdens-at-millions-20230112-p5cc8i.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_sport Will Johnson has the magic touch for Snowdens at Magic Millions