Middleham trainer celebrates 4,000th domestic flat winner

A string of Mark Johnston horses in Middlham. Photo: Ian Preston.
By Jo Scott

Middleham trainer Mark Johnston hit his 4,000th domestic Flat winner this week at Pontefract when Dominating landed spoils under PJ McDonald.

This puts Johnston third in the all-time list of trainers to have landed more than 4,000 winners, as he also can add five more over jumps to that tally.

Richard Hannon Snr had a career tally of 4,193 wins (4,145 on the level) and Martin Pipe, the well-known jumps trainer, retired on a record of 4,183.

The winner at Pontefract was Johnston’s 202nd success this season and was a milestone for jockey McDonald, reaching his first seasonal century, less than a fortnight after gaining his firs Group 1 success.