One of the leading trainers in the north of England who in October 2017 achieved the notable feat of securing his 4,000th winner.
Success in the QIPCO British Champions Series has eluded him but his Dee Ex Bee ran a stormer when runner-up to Masar in the 2018 Investec Derby.
In days gone by Johnston was renowned for producing tough front-runners. Attraction exemplified those qualities when winning the 1000 Guineas in 2004.
Johnston’s first Classic win came ten years previously with Mister Baileys in the 2000 Guineas.
Other major successes include Double Trigger’s triumph in the 1995 Ascot Gold Cup.
Had a record-breaking 2009, becoming the first Flat trainer to record 200 wins in a calendar year. He also broke the 200 barrier in 2010, 2012 and 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The motto of his stable? “Always Trying”.
The Scot worked as a vet for three years before getting his horse racing trainer’s licence.
He holds forthright views on the way racing should be run and promoted and is currently on the British Horseracing Authority Board.
He gained another third place following Colour Vision and Hurricane Higgins when saddling Somewhat to finish third in the 2014 Coral-Eclipse.
In 2015, Buratino and Lumiere shone as juveniles for him.
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