Mark Johnston
Mark Johnston

With Mark Johnston getting to 5,000 victors, John Ingles highlights 4 of his best horses to have added to that total amount.

MISTER BAILEYS (Timeform rating 123)

Mister Baileys was a really important winner in Mark Johnston’s training occupation as he supplied him not just with his very first Group 1 success but additionally a traditional triumph in the 1994 2000 Guineas. The inexpensively gotten colt, that’d set you back 10,000 guineas as a foal and then been bought back as a yearling, was the North’s very first traditional winner given that 1977, as well as the very first, learnt Middleham since Dante won the 1945 Derby.

He had been a smart two-year-old when effective in 3 of his 5 starts, with his 2 largest triumphs significant for being at southerly tracks, in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood– a conference at which Johnston has remained to take pleasure in a lot of success throughout the years– as well as the Royal Lodge Stakes after that go for Ascot.

Looking quite the type to educate on, Mister Baileys most likely to Newmarket without a prep race as well as, sent off at 16/1 in an area of 23, broke the Rowley Mile performance history when holding for a short-head win over Grand Lodge.

Having finished third when stood up in the Dante, despite stamina uncertainties he was offered a far more strong ride in the Derby yet after sweeping into a six-length lead rounding Tattenham Corner he failed to last home and wound up 4th behind the Dante winner Erhaab. Mister Baileys was seen out only again, running a creditable fifth in the Sussex Stakes.


10 years after Mister Baileys, the filly Attraction became Johnston’s second traditional champion when successful in the 1000 Guineas. That followed a two-year-old period when she marked herself as the very best filly of her age despite injury halting her season too soon in July. By then, she had won all five of her starts, significantly the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot by three lengths as well as, a lot more impressively, the Cherry Hinton Stakes by 5.

It looked very much as though staying over sprint distances would be Attraction’s finest chance of further success at three presuming her problems at 2 and also less than ideal conformation didn’t obstruct. However as it ended up, Attraction had no trouble remaining a mile and also she kept her unbeaten record beyond the 1000 Guineas, coming to be the very first filly to follow up in the Irish 1000 Guineas and afterwards taking her unbeaten record to 8 races in the Coronation Stakes.
It wasn’t till the conference elite older filly Soviet Song in the Falmouth Stakes that Attraction ultimately satisfied her suit but she finished her three-year-old project with another triumph in the Sun Chariot Stakes.

Kept in training at 4, Attraction endured an injury when defeated in Hong Kong on her reappearance however her career ended on another high in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

Johnston has likewise trained several winning foals out of Attraction, especially Team 2 champion Elarqam as well as Golden Mile Handicap champion Mayday.

‘ Attraction would certainly be the equine I’m far and away the most pleased with because she had conformational concerns and stability concerns, therefore’ claims Johnston. ‘She would certainly be the horse I remember finest and also had most affection for.’


Johnston has won the Gold Cup 4 times, consisting of twice with Royal Rebel in 2001 as well as 2002 as well as most lately with Subjectivist in 2021. Subjectivist made a score of 130 for his Royal Ascot victory, but injury has since prevented him from testing the formidable record developed in the Cup races by his stable’s initial Gold Cup winner Double Trigger.

It was evident from an early stage that endurance was going to be Double Trigger’s strong suit, with his 2 victories at two including the Zetland Stakes over a mile as well as a quarter. In a light three-year-old project he ended up third in St Leger before winning the Italian version however it was at 4 that Double Trigger, an admirably game front runner, truly developed over long distances.

He took the Sagaro Stakes as well as Henry II Stakes on the method to the Gold Cup and afterwards finished the ‘stayers’ three-way crown’ by winning the Goodwood and also Doncaster Cups too, at Goodwood beating his more youthful brother as well as stablemate Double Eclipse a neck in a memorable race.

While Double Trigger never won the Gold Cup once again (though he twice ended up runner-up behind Classic Cliché and Kayf Tara), as well as winning the Sagaro and also Henry II momentarily time, he went on to end up being the very first equine to win 3 Goodwood Cups and also ended his occupation in 1998 with a 3rd success in the Doncaster Cup.

SHAMARDAL (two-year-old rating 126p)

Shamardal appreciated his greatest success as a three-year-old for Godolphin as well as Saeed container Suroor, winning both of the colts’ classics in France and then the St James’s Palace Stakes before an injury ended his racing profession.

However, he would certainly additionally been Timeform’s highest-rated two-year-old in 2004 when unbeaten in three beginnings for Johnston who has long kept that the son of Giant’s Causeway is the most effective equine he has educated. ‘Throughout the time I educated Shamardal, I never took into consideration the opposition because when you’ve obtained a horse like him the resistance’s of no worry.’.

Shamardal started his occupation with an eight-length win in a maiden at Ayr and also followed up with an elegant win in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood from the subsequent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Wilko. That made Shamardal the early ante-post favourite for the 2000 Guineas as well as his odds shortened significantly after one more precise success in the Dewhurst Stakes.

Shamardal was just 2nd option in the Dewhurst betting behind the Champagne Stakes victor Etlaala yet he dealt with the abnormally testing problems better than the favourite as well, after making the running once again as in his earlier races, Shamardal resisted the obstacle of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere champion Oratorio to win by two and a half sizes, taping the most effective time figure put up by a two-year-old all period.

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