Record-breaking Middleham trainer celebrates 5,000 winner

Mark Johnston.

Middleham racehorse trainer Mark Johnston has celebrated the 5,000th victory of his career.

He becomes the first trainer in Britain reach the milestone.

His 5,000 winner was achieved when Dubai Mile won at Kempton Park yesterday.

The 62-year-old trainer achieved 4,874 winners under his own name and now shares the licence with his son, Charlie, 31, with the pair recording a further 126 wins since forming the training partnership.

Mark became the most successful British trainer when Poet’s Society, ridden by Frankie Dettori, won at the 2018 York Ebor meeting to give him win number 4,194.

The trainer has had five successes over jumps and 14 Group One races on the flat, most recently Subjectivist in last season’s Ascot Gold Cup.

He secured his first winner when Hinari Video won at Carlisle on July 1, 1987.

He started the business from scratch with wife Deirdre working as a teacher to support their first base on the Lincolnshire coast

Johnston has been training in Middleham since 1988 when he purchased the Kingsley House yard.