Sunday 10 March 2019

Mark Johnston Trainer Profile Series

Mark Johnston has plenty of Group winners to his name, he’s based in Middleham, North Yorkshire at Kingsley House. Mark Johnston horses always seem to stay on forever and front run. Goodwood is a track that suits his horses. A career that takes him all over the world and made him the most successful British Flat trainer of all time with over 4100 winners, with some outstanding horses. 

Attraction (pictured) was definitely one of them, with 10 wins out of 15 races to her name and is the highest ranked filly in Europe with a rating of 119. As a two-year-old, she won all 5 races with the highlight for me being the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot. She started her three-year-old career where she left off, winning her first race of the season before becoming the first horse to win both the 1000 Guineas and the Irish 1000 Guineas. Attraction won the final race of her career as a four-year-old before being retired to her owner's stud. 

Shamardal was another one of his best horses, if not the best, winning his first race by eight lengths and then winning the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket by two-and-a-half lengths. Finishing off the season being voted the 2004 European Champion two-Year-Old, his three-year-old career saw him running in the Godolphin blue colours which didn’t start well when beaten on the dirt in Dubai. His final season saw him add more Group races to his name before fracturing a leg and retiring to stud in 2005, with an unbeaten record on turf. 

Mark Johnston has had some great two-year-old horses over the past 3 years and the statistics prove it with 26 wins out of 70 bets with a 37 per cent win strike rate and 187.6 per cent win return at the 3 racecourses which I will mention shortly. As with all my studies of trainers I always take out the handicap, selling and claiming races when I work out the strike rates and returns, also to bring us more profit I won’t be doing the 5-furlong races or anything over 14/1 either. 

It's no secret Mark Johnston loves a winner at Goodwood and the stats back it up with 10 wins out of 29 bets with a 34.5 per cent win strike rate and 191.7 per cent win return at starting price. Dark Vision looks an exciting prospect for the new flat season after winning the Group 2 Vintage Stakes here in July for Godolphin.

Next up is York, not quite as profitable as Goodwood but with 7 wins from 24 bets, if we take a closer look at the stats they would give you a 180 per cent win return at starting price. Threading ran a terrific race here as a two-year-old, winning the Group 2 Lowther Stakes under a great ride from James Doyle and then contesting decent races as a three-year-old. 

Epsom is a course worth following as mark sent 17 horses there with 9 winning, that’s a whopping 52.9 per cent win strike rate and a 190 per cent win return at starting price, worth checking out for sure. Dee Ex Bee winning here in 2017 and going on to get an official high rating of 117 as a three-year-old. 

That will be my last trainer profile for this season and hope you have enjoyed reading them, just remember these stats are here to hopefully help to pick a winner or two.