Posted: Wednesday, 5 September 2018 @ 14:00
Johnston hit the magic 4194 winners tally on 23 August 2018 to become the
winning-most British racehorse trainer of all time, his three farriers had
every reason to feel proud.
Justin Landy and Tom Hardy are long-time servants of the hugely successful stable
and have played an important part in its perennial success.
Many of the
extraordinary total of winners have been in Victory racing plates and, in
recognition of the farriers’ role in the breaking of the record, they were
presented with a magnum of champagne each by Tony Lindsell of Atlantic Equine
Ltd, U.K. distributors for the Victory Racing Plate Company. The magnums were
personalized and carried the date the record was broken.
honour to work in a yard that has achieved so much,” said Marc Morley, the lead
farrier. “We’ve always used Victory plates – you can’t beat them!”
Marc was apprenticed
in Newmarket and has been at Mark
Johnston Racing for twelve years. When he is not shoeing horses, he can often
be found on the bowling green. He is a competitive player and the current champion of the
Richmond pairs. He has won many other Yorkshire bowls competitions over the years.
Landy has made a name for himself as a trainer in his own right in the hunter chase and point to point field. He has
been at Mark Johnston Racing for eleven years. Prior to moving back to
Yorkshire he was based in Newmarket
where he was farrier to Sir Henry Cecil for a period of time.
is in his third year at the Johnston winner factory, having been apprenticed in
Yorkshire. A self-confessed petrol-head, Tom owns a Mitsubishi Evo (Evolution),
a souped- up , eighteen-year-old replica of Tommy MacKinnon’s rally car.
The win of
Poet’s Society at 20/1 in the Clipper Logistics Handicap at York under Frankie
Dettori took Mark Johnston past the 4193 mark previously set by Richard Hannon
senior, a yard that also used Victory racing plates for many years.
The new bar
will not be set until Mark Johnston hands in his licence and it is hard to
envisage anyone being able to match it.