Johnston fires in fabulous 7,023-1 five-timer

Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston: sent out four winners at York and one at Newmarket

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MARK JOHNSTON took his tally to five winners from five runners on a fantastic Friday when Yorkidding completed a four-timer at York for the trainer in the closing 1m4f handicap.

The 5-2 favourite’s victory came after Delizia (11-2), Notarised (9-1) and Indescribable (12-1) had all won on the Knavesmire to add to Buratino’s 11-8 success at Newmarket, with the five-timer paying 7,023-1.

The Johnston jamboree came to an end at Hamilton in the evening as his five runners on the card all finished unplaced.

At the start of the day, York had not proved the happiest of hunting grounds with Johnston posting his lowest strike-rate (four per cent; 9-203) at any Flat course in Britain over the last five years.

All of the stable’s winners at York were ridden by Silvestre de Sousa and connections were particularly thrilled to see Yorkidding hit the mark for new owner Paul York, an equity trader from Hong Kong who had flown in specially.

“That’s so wonderful,” said Johnston’s wife Deirdre. “We were desperate for her to win for Paul, who is a new owner for the yard.

“After all the other winners we were worried she would be the only one who didn’t win.”


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