Mark Johnston (racehorse trainer)

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Mark Johnston (born 10 October 1959) is a Scottish racehorse trainer based in Middleham, North Yorkshire, England.

He attended Glasgow University and is a qualified vet. He started training at a stable near Louth, Lincolnshire in 1987, and his first winner was Hinari Video at Carlisle. [1] He has been training in Middleham since 1988 when he purchased Kingsley House (often falsely attributed to be the former home of Charles Kingsley, author of The Water Babies).

In 2004 he won the 1,000 Guineas with Attraction. Other successful horses he has trained are Mister Baileys, winner of the 2,000 Guineas, Shamardal, 2004 European Champion Two-Year-Old, and Double Trigger, winner of the Ascot Gold Cup.

Johnston's horses are known for their front running style and bravery in a finish, two attributes that were best advertised by the exploits of Attraction. He cites Shamardal as the best horse he ever trained, and Attraction as the one he is most proud of.[1]

His success is at least in part due to the fantastic natural facilities available to him and other Middleham-based trainers on the nearby gallops.[citation needed][peacock term]

He reached his 4,000th winner on the flat in Britain when Dominating won at Pontefract on Monday 23 October 2017. He is only the third trainer in either code to reach that figure.[1]

The motto of the stable is "Always Trying".[citation needed]

He is married to Deirdre, a former teacher. [1]

Major wins[edit]

United Kingdom Great Britain

Germany Germany

Republic of Ireland Ireland

Italy Italy

  • Gran Criterium - (3) - Lend a Hand (1997), Pearl of Love (2003), Kirklees (2006)

United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates


  1. ^ a b c d Russell, Colin (23 October 2017). "Johnston marches on to 4,000 with all-time British record firmly in his sights". Racing Post. Retrieved 23 October 2017.