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Mark Johnston’s unforgettable record thanks to Frankie Dettori


By Anita Chambers

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

The Middleham handler overtook Richard Hannon senior as Britain's winning-most 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 of 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."

It could be an expensive day for the bookmakers at York on day three of the Ebor meeting, with both Battaash and Stradivarius boasting seemingly impregnable claims. Battaash will have some demons to lay to rest in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes after he could finish only fourth in the five-furlong feature last year, but conditions could not be more different from the soft ground he faced that day.

Defeat for Stradivarius is almost impossible to envisage in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup as he arrives with a perfect record of three wins in as many starts this season.

GOODWOOD: 5.05 Haylah, 5.35 Isle Of Wolves, 6.05 Sir Victor, 6.35 Hart Stopper, 7.05 Dagueneau, 7.35 Pattie.

KILBEGGAN: 5.10 All For Nothing, 5.40 Robin De Carlow, 6.10 Shush, 6.40 One Cool Poet, 7.10 Niven, 7.40 Mill Quest, 8.10 Mikhail.

KILLARNEY: 4.45 Urban Light, 5.20 Koybig, 5.55 Cascabel, 6.30 Touch Of Gold, 7.00 Play The Game, 7.30 Subjudice, 8.00 Messie.

NEWMARKET: 2.05 Glance, 2.40 Gateway, 3.15 Akwaan, 3.45 Black Lotus, 4.20 Elasia, 4.55 La Isla Bonita, 5.25 Choosey.

SALISBURY: 5.15 Misu Pete, 5.50 Flashcard, 6.25 Rosamour, 6.55 Dark Jedi, 7.25 Arrogant, 7.55 Fields Of Fortune.

YORK: 1.55 Kelly's Dino, 2.25 Stradivarius, 3.00 The Irish Rover, 3.35 BATTAASH (NAP), 4.15 Sky Defender, 4.50 Kassar.

DOUBLE: Battaash and Sky Defender.

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