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Johnston Breaks Flat British Winners Record

Friday, 22nd November 2019

Previous record holder Martin Pipe has paid tribute to Mark Johnston, who has beaten his record for the most wins in a British season, Flat or Jumps, reports racingpost.com. Pipe, who trained 243 winners during the 1999-2000 jumps season, jokingly threatened to come out of retirement  to see if he could get the record back. The 15-time champion jumps trainer said, "It's a fantastic achievement by Mark. Congratulations to him. It takes good organisation, good horses, good jockeys, good team work and plenty of hard work. I might have to come out of retirement to try and get that record back!" Victory for Bavardages (Dream Ahead-Petits Potins, by Verglas) meant Johnston has won 245 races on the Flat in Britain this season, in addition to the German 1,000 Guineas. However, Johnston has yet to beat Pipe's overall record of 253 wins in Britain in a calendar year, comprising 240 over jumps and 13 on the Flat in 1999. The most prolific training seasons in Britain are:

  • 245 Mark Johnston (Flat 2019)
  • 243 Martin Pipe (Jumps 1999-2000)
  • 235 Martin Pipe (Jumps 2001-02)
  • 235 Richard Hannon snr (Flat 2013)
  • 235 Richard Fahey (Flat 2015)
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