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Mark Johnston makes history with record-breaking winner at York
on 23 August 2018
His record-breaking 4194th winner came with Poet's Society at York on Thursday, making him the winningmost trainer in British racing history

TRAINER Mark Johnston claimed a record-breaking 4,194th career victory in Britain after Poet's Society won at York.

The Middleham handler has been prolific for many years and his latest success has seen him overtake Richard Hannon senior as Britain's winningmost trainer.

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Poet's Society was sent off at 20/1 for the Clipper Logistics Handicap and got home by a neck from 5/1 joint-favourite Kynren.

Johnston had been on the brink of the record for a while, and was delighted to finally get over the line. He said: "It's been very frustrating, but it's not as if we've had loads of odds-on shots beat.

"Relief is the main thing I'm feeling – it's out the way now and on to the next one (winner).

"If you could have had the perfect result it would have been Joe Fanning on board, but, as we were saying earlier, because it was Frankie no one will forget it."

CLASSIC SUCCESS

Born in Glasgow, Johnston, 58, is a qualified vet and having married childhood sweetheart Deirdre in 1985, he took out his trainer's licence in March 1987, saddling his first winner in July that year, when Hinari Video won at Carlisle.

His first group-race winner came through Marina Park in the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot in 1992 and many big-race successes have followed, including three wins in the Gold Cup at Ascot courtesy of Double Trigger and dual victor Royal Rebel.

Classic glory has been achieved with Mister Baileys in the 2000 Guineas and Attraction in the 1000 Guineas, while his current tally of Royal Ascot triumphs stands at 43.

He added: "I started small. It was just one winner at a time and with horses like this. That was his sixth win of the year. That's what it's about – to run them. This horse epitomises what we're all about – I think he's won about nine races now.

"This is a special place to do it, as well, but it's business as usual now.

"We've got friends over – not for this (the record), but because it's York – and it's certainly not going to be a quiet night.

"From where we started, I've got to pinch myself."

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