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Sydicate Horse Helps Johnston To Record

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In The Paddock Staff

Posted on October 29, 2019

Record breaking trainer Mark Johnston is in the history books yet again – thanks to a horse owned by his Kingsley Park syndicate.

The Middleham ace has saddled more Flat winners in a calendar year than any other trainer following the success of Bavardages at Kempton on Monday evening (28th October).

The two-year-old landed the seven-furlong nursery on the Polytrack to ease Johnston past the previous record total of 235, shared with Richard Hannon Snr and Richard Fahey.

Fittingly, Bavardages was ridden by stalwart stable jockey Joe Fanning, who has partnered over 1,000 winners for his boss over the last two decades.

The Dream Ahead colt – a 10,000 gns purchase from last year’s Book 3 Sale at Tattersalls – defied a lowly mark of just 59 on his handicap debut to achieve the landmark victory.

Johnston is delighted with his achievement but is now aiming to surpass the 243 winners achieved over jumps by Martin Pipe in the 1999/2000 season.

He told In The Paddock: “While I fully appreciate the logic behind settling the trainers’ championship on prize-money, there is no denying  the importance of winners to the people who fund our sport, the owners. I am, therefore, very proud of training more than anyone else.

“That said, it was only when we broke the record for most Flat winners in a season tonight that I realised that the record for most winners in a season still rests with (jumps trainer) Martin Pipe.

“The record is still his but he shouldn’t get too comfortable with it because we might just take it off him,” he grinned.

Last year Johnston achieved a personal best 226 winners and also became the most successful trainer in history when he reached a markable 4,144 winners with another Kingsley Park horse, Poet’s Society at York.

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