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MarkJohnston (Kingsley House, July 2011)

Mark Johnston: trained two juveniles winners today for Darley and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum

  PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

 

Mark Johnston and Darley get 2yo double

MARK JOHNSTON, who is busy at Tattersalls looking at yearlings ahead of Day 1 of the October Book 1, had reason to smile when watching the racing on TV in the sale company's restaurant, having trained the winners of the opener at both Leciester and Southwell. Both horses were bred by Darley and both are owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the prince of Dubai and Sheikh Mohammed's eldest son.

At Leicester the trainer's successful horse was Abishena, a daughter of Pivotal who was having her first racecourse start. She is a half-sister to two winners, and out of Massomah (Seeking The Gold), a winning half-sister to the dual Group 3 winner Jomana.

Abishena's second dam Kerenza is a half-sister to Local Talent, a winner of the Prix Jean Prat (G1) and multiple Group race placed.

It was a first success for Vociferous, Johnston's Southwell winner, who was having a seventh racecourse start.

He is a first foal out of Sander Camillo, who won the Cherry Hinton Stakes (G1) and the Group 3 Albany Stakes. She is a daughter of the 20-time winner Staraway, a high-class scorer over 6f-1m at three to seven years of age in the US.

Sander Camillo was bought by John Ferguson for 3.2 million guineas at the 2007 Tattersalls December Sale, having been purchased as a two-year-old by Sir Robert Ogden at the Calder Breeze-Up Sale in2006 for $500,000.

 

 

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