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Monday, 14 September 2020

Johnston Closing In On Leading Trainer Status After Yet Another Stellar Campaign

It would be fair to say that, for many of us, 2020 has been a year of change and uncertainty. 

But for Mark Johnston, it has – in many ways – been business as usual as the Yorkshire handler has enjoyed yet another bumper season of winners on the flat. 

He has built a substantial lead on his nearest challenger, John Gosden, for leading trainer honours – at the time of writing, Johnston was 17 winners clear of Gosden and 31 ahead of Richard Hannon. 

It’s testament to the Middleham man’s work rate, as much as anything else. He has saddled more runners than any other trainer this term, and there are some who claim his success rate of 13.82% of winners should not lead to him being named top trainer – Gosden, by contrast, has won on 24.38% of occasions. 


But that does too much to diminish the hard work of a man who has raked in more than £17 million in prize money over the past five seasons, and who still has a number of horses at his yard capable of outstanding feats.




Nayef Road won the Sagaro Stakes earlier in the year, was second in the Ascot Gold Cup and gave Stradivarius an almighty scare in the Goodwood Cup. Subjectivist lived up to his short horse racing betting odds for Glorious Goodwood when winning the March Stakes, Dark Vision landed the Royal Hunt Cup while Marie’s Diamond pulled off something of an underdog victory at 14/1 in the Paradise Stakes. These are just the headline acts from another stellar campaign for the veteran.

There is still time for Gosden, and perhaps one or two others, to catch Johnston at the top of the flat trainer standings, but should the 60-year-old hang on it would be a thoroughly fitting way to end the season. 


Here’s a recap of Mark Johnston’s finest moments as a handler. 

Back in the 90s 

Johnston first started training racehorses in Lincoln back in 1987, and after enjoying some early successes that convinced him to set up his now-famous Middleham yard where he still resides to this day. 

And it wasn’t long before the major winners rolled in. Mister Baileys triumphed in the 2,000 Guineas in 1994, and a year later Johnston experienced every flat trainers’ dream – landing the Ascot Gold Cup courtesy of Double Trigger.

Further domestic success came via Bijou d’Inde in the St James’ Palace Stakes, before Johnston started notching winners overseas – Princely Heir won a quality Phoenix Stakes renewal at Curragh in 1997 before Fruits of Love landed the lucrative Dubai Sheema Classic in 1999. 


Millennium Man 

Those early years of the new millennium were amongst the most fruitful for Johnston, with three of his favourite horses all doing the business in majors. Royal Rebel won back-to-back editions of the Ascot Gold Cup in 2001 and 2002, while Shamardal – whom the trainer described as ‘the best racehorse of his generation’ – would win the Vintage Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes as a two-year-old before landing the St James’ Palace Stakes and the Prix de Jockey Club in an equally bumper season as a three-year-old. 


And then there was Attraction, an injury-hit horse who Johnston persevered with, landed the 1,000 Guineas, the Coronation Stakes and the Sun Chariot Stakes in a bumper 2004. No wonder the trainer has stated that Attraction is the ‘one I’m most proud of’.




Personal Milestones

When reflecting on their careers, many unassuming trainers like Johnston focus on the exploits of their horses, rather than their own achievements. 

But it is worth remembering a couple of personal milestones that he has racked up in recent times that have confirmed his status as one of the most successful trainers of all time.

Johnston enjoyed the 4,000th winner of his career – only the third flat or jumps trainer in history to achieve the feat – when the aptly-named Dominating triumphed in October 2017, before an astonishing 4,194th victor, making Johnston the most successful flat trainer of all-time, duly arrived in August 2018. 

And the bad news for every other flat trainer in racing is that you suspect many more are yet to follow.

Sunday, 30 August 2020

William Haggas Horse Trainer Database

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Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Andrew Balding Horse Trainer Database

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Monday, 4 May 2020

Karl Burke Hoping that His Promising two-year Olds Can Follow in the Footsteps of Laurens

Trainer Karl Burke looks to have another strong string of two-year-olds in training this season, and he'll be hoping that at least one of this exciting crop of youngsters can replicate the heroics of former stable star Laurens. The Group One-winner had been a flag-bearer for the North Yorkshire-based trainer since making a winning debut in September 2017, and with a number of promising three-year-olds also on his books, the Middleham trainer will be feeling quietly confident that one of his charges can emulate the recently retired filly.
Laurens' debut success was swiftly followed by a Group 2 triumph in the May Hill Stakes when beating Dark Rose Angel by a head. She kept on gamely under P J McDonald, and following an impressive winter on the all-weather, the Irish jockey is now 40/1 in the ante-post horse racing betting markets to come out on top in the 2020 Flat Jockey's Championship. He was also on board during her final outing, a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Group 1 Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket back in October 2019. The filly will not return to the track as she has been retired. 

Very little is known about the trainer's army of newcomers this year, although plenty is expected of the likes of Amasova and Gift List. The latter is sired by Bated Breath, a horse who produced 12 stakes winners last season. His progeny include Simply Breathless, who has enjoyed success in the United States, and the David Lanigan trained Worth Waiting, who was victorious in five of his first ten starts on the turf. Other inmates such as H Bomb have slightly less eye-catching parentage, although his sire was successful in the 2014 Beverley Bullet. Inhaler could be another one to note, having been sired by Elzaam. The eleven-year-old also sired the extremely speedy Coolagh Forest who has been a regular winner at York.  

Although all eyes will be on Burke's unraced contingent later this summer, the trainer has also enjoyed plenty of success with older horses. Kelly's Dino was victorious at Newmarket last summer and also came close when racing on the all-weather at Deauville. Meanwhile, the incredibly talented Lord of the Lodge will be hoping to build upon a triumphant debut campaign which saw him go close in the Gimcrack. Living in the Past is also expected to kick on this year, despite having failed to shine in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf back in November. The Lowther Stakes runner-up is likely to come back refreshed following the winter break and will be hoping to strike again in 2020. 

Karl Burke's yard continues to produce regular winners on the flat and the savvy trainer is raring to go with his latest string of talented two-year-olds. With another set of promising juveniles in regular training, he is expected to target some of this summer's most lucrative contests. With 85 two-year-old winners over the past five seasons, the Spigot Lodge-based handler will be expected to continue his fine record with newcomers, and he'll be desperately hoping that one of his charges can go on to emulate Laurens incredible success in Grade One events. 

Monday, 6 January 2020

What Do Cheltenham Gold Cup Trainer Stats Reveal?

Everyone connected with jumps horse racing - jockeys, owners and trainers - all want to win the blue riband event of the sport, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. 

The 2020 renewal looks more competitive than ever, with the picture heading into this new decade looking far from clear. Gold Cup contenders will emerge between now and when the Cheltenham Festival showpiece takes place on Friday, 13 March. 

What do 20-year trainer trends about the Gold Cup reveal? Let's find out.

Law of averages highlights Nicholls 

Horse racing is like any other sport. If you're not in, then you can't win - and Ditcheat handler Paul Nicholls has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup more times than any other trainer since 1999, with four successes. 

However, he has been blessed with a raft of legendary staying steeplechasers like See More Business, Kauto Star and Denman during the last 20 years. Even when these equine greats didn't win, they more often than not finished in the first four. 

An impressive haul of 14 placed efforts in the Gold Cup reaches a cut-off point in 2014, however. Nicholls hasn't had a runner better than fifth since then, and last won it in 2009. Over the last 20 years, he's trained the King George VI Chase winner 10 times. 

That three-mile test at Kempton on Boxing Day is easier to get than the three-and-a-quarter miles of the Gold Cup around the undulations of Cheltenham. Nicholls is adamant dual King George hero Clan Des Obeaux is a stronger horse this season, so it's no wonder he's 6/1 with bet365 for Festival glory.

Mullins may have cracked Gold Cup puzzle

There are very few races that master Irish trainer Willie Mullins hasn't won, but a maiden Cheltenham Gold Cup success only came last season courtesy of Al Boum Photo. Prior to that, the Closutton handler had gone close on nine previous occasions with placed horses.

 

Mullins tried to crack the Gold Cup with stable greats Florida Pearl, Hedgehunter, Sir Des Champs and Djakadam, but just couldn't quite get there. Reigning Cheltenham champ Al Boum Photo is having another light campaign, presumably with the aim of achieving that rare feat of defending his crown. 

Kemboy is the other top Mullins staying chaser, but the way he jumped out alarmingly to his right as a beaten favourite in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas is cause for concern. Cheltenham is a left-handed track and forfeiting ground like that is a clear negative. 

Al Boum Photo remains the best hope that County Carlow trainer Mullins has. He is the 5/1 favourite in the latest horse racing betting on the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup despite losing to Kemboy at the Punchestown Festival after last year's triumph.

Henderson best this decade




Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson is the only man to saddle two Gold Cup winners in the 2010s. Long Run and Bobs Worth took the 2011 and 2013 renewals, but since the latter, he has just one horse - the quirky Might Bite - placed in the Cheltenham showpiece. 

This shouldn't reflect badly upon Henderson, nor should Nicholls' decade-long wait to win the Gold Cup again. It is all about the ammunition they have to fire with many top staying chasers remaining in Ireland. Henderson hopes he has a hand to play in the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup courtesy of Santini. A lightly-raced horse from the Seven Barrows stable, he has always been trained with a tilt at this very much in mind. Santini is an 8/1 shot for Gold Cup glory.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Tom Dascombe Horse Trainer Database

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Monday, 11 November 2019

Charlie Fellows Horse Trainer Database

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Friday, 1 March 2019

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Oliver Greenall Horse Trainer Database

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