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02 Aug 14 13:45
Date Joined: 27 Mar 06
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amazed he doesn't buy John Dunlop's old yard.... seems the Sussex air adds a stone to his horses form...
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Report howard August 2, 2014 2:46 PM BST
Changing his boxes next week "Always trying... at Goodwood."
Report the bloob August 2, 2014 2:51 PM BST
I don't know how he does it, it's a mystery! (wink)

his horses are usually well exposed and don't appear to have been campaigned for this meeting (last winner ran 6 days ago at Ascot). But for some strange reason a lot of them run a stone above themselves at this meeting, the first race on day 1 a good example.

and then at the Ebor meeting, his local big track, they're totally hopeless!
Report rewired August 2, 2014 3:01 PM BST
enlace beat 13/8 at new
if it was 14/1
probably would have hacked up
hard to follow his horses on bare form
Report Arklearkle August 2, 2014 3:03 PM BST
The bookies must love him
Report rewired August 2, 2014 3:04 PM BST
Report howard August 2, 2014 3:05 PM BST
rewired , Enlace will win  group race next timeGrin
Report the bloob August 2, 2014 3:05 PM BST
yes, not a good trainer to follow on the short ones. It's baffling how some of them win at decent prices when super-exposed (as most of his horses are), Heavy Metal last weekend a good example, and the winner of last year's Cesarewitch was another (33/1 shot, running average all season, missed break and won easily)
Report EVILROYSLADE August 2, 2014 3:06 PM BST
He's a loathsome bog eyed coork.
Report uptothelast August 2, 2014 3:36 PM BST
best handbrakes in the country
Report rewired August 2, 2014 3:37 PM BST
Report the bloob August 2, 2014 5:25 PM BST
it's as if he waves a magic wand over his horses, the same horses that have been "always trying" all season long. He's very well connected in the industry and is also vet
Report terry mccann August 2, 2014 5:32 PM BST
clearly not a gambling yardWink.anyone who says they understand women of mark johnson"S racehorse form is a bloomin liar
Report terry mccann August 2, 2014 5:33 PM BST
* woman OR mark johnson
Report the bloob August 2, 2014 6:03 PM BST
maybe they like a bet or 2 but plenty of their winners go unbacked, Sennockian Star a good example. Most stables like a gamble, they are no different in that respect

looking forward to the Ebor meet, where they will be awful as usual
Report thesportinglife August 2, 2014 6:10 PM BST
What would be the profit if you had backed all his runners in the handicaps 1 pt EW ?
Report TiptheOdds August 3, 2014 1:02 AM BST
say what you like but very few trainers - if any - in the modern era have trained 200 winners so often.
Report GEORGE.B August 3, 2014 1:45 AM BST
Tbf, very few trainers have the Maktoums sending them so many bluebloods.
Report thegiggilo August 3, 2014 1:57 AM BST
He also makes the aw interesting as quite a few of his run up decent speedfigures,there are at least three that look a stone in on the aw yet have done nothing since the turf started,probaby the only trainer that puts horses up on the aw that you can see 6 months in advance of debuts being 2 stone higher in the weights..
Report bigmart August 3, 2014 7:41 AM BST
He works hia horse dif prior to big meeting ie up hill fot a week
Report Alias August 3, 2014 8:32 AM BST
terry mccann
terry mccann 02 Aug 14 17:33 Joined: 26 Jan 05 | Topic/replies: 4,648 | Blogger: terry mccann's blog
* woman OR mark johnson

Did you mean women or Mark Johnston ?
Report Ramruma August 3, 2014 8:42 AM BST
@bigmart -- He works hia horse dif prior to big meeting ie up hill fot a week

Downhill for a week would be better for Goodwood.
Report bigmart August 3, 2014 9:41 AM BST
Its not about the track its about a horses fitness levels  ' horses cannot sustsin full peak fitness for long ' the sloer ypu bring a horse to peak the longee it will sustain it ' horses like humans alk dif but qs a ruke pretty much like an athlete !
Report Ramruma August 3, 2014 10:20 AM BST
Yeah it was a joke but I agree about fitness and peaking at the right time. Too many punters (and trainers imo) do not understand that "they're not machines".
Report bigmart August 4, 2014 9:38 AM BST
Try telling ybat to my girl she is putting me tbrough my paxes 3 times a day lol
Report Virgin August 4, 2014 9:58 AM BST
You are a machine Wink
Report horribleives August 4, 2014 10:00 AM BST
Report Pinza August 4, 2014 10:18 AM BST
Noticed a few winners achieved their to speed or RPR prior to Goodwood races.
His 2yo nursery winners tend to have little form.
Two or more runners in 3yo hcps provide quite a number of winners.
Weak area seems 2yo maidens.
Bit of study work to do over winter
Report tilted August 4, 2014 3:02 PM BST
Loves Deidre more than he loves Goodwood.
Report TheAnorak August 4, 2014 3:15 PM BST
Check his long terms stats and you can see that his strike rate is generally better on right handed tracks (apart from Goodwood, it's high at Beverley, Carlisle, Hamilton) and also better on tracks that favour front runners (e.g Chester).

But anywhere flat and left handed with a 3F+ home straight (Ayr, Doncaster, Haydock, Nottingham, York), the strike rate is noticeably worse.

Only my guess, but I've always assumed it's down to the layout of his gallops, combined with his use of front running tactics for so many of his horses.
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