Middleham trainer Mark Johnston breaks winners record

Sir Gary Verity, left, with Mark Johnston.

Middleham racing maestro Mark Johnston has become the winning-most trainer in Britain at York’s high profile Ebor meeting with his 4,194th victory today in the Clipper Logistics Handicap, writes Jo Kirk Scott.

The 20-1 shot Poet’s Society, ridden by Frankie Dettori, brought up the record win.

It was at Ripon last Saturday that Johnston equalled the record of home wins, set by Richard Hannover Snr, with Dr Richard Kimble, the mount of regular jockey, Joe Fanning in the saddle, who won at 9-2.

Johnston trained his first winner in 1987 and his victories have earned him £53million in prize money.

Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity DL presented Yorkshire-based racehorse trainer Mark Johnston with a special commemorative plaque and a Betty’s hamper on Wednesday to honour his achievement of beating the all-time record for British winners.

Scottish-born Johnston trained his first winner in 1987.

Sir Gary Verity DL, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled for Mark, his wife Deirdre, and all the team at Kingsley House. To realise this record-breaking feat is a true testament to Mark’s meticulous approach over three decades of racing.

“The fact he achieved it on home soil at the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival makes it even more special. Yorkshire has a rich heritage of horse racing dating all the way back to the time of Richard III, and what Mark has achieved today is the very latest in a long line of successes.

“We’re proud that Mark chooses to base his stables in Middleham and that our county continues to host so many of the world’s best trainers.

“We’re looking forward to seeing Mark achieve many more victories in the future and his constant pursuit of excellence is an inspiration to use all.”

On Thursday Welcome to Yorkshire also announced the signing of a new which will see them continue as headline sponsors of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival for a further three years.

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  1. Predictive text has struck! It should, of course, have read Richard Hannon Snr! And not Hannover…apologies from Jo Kirk Scott

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