Mark Johnston

A brace of new books worth the space in any racing library

30 October 2021 9:00 am

In 1986 a young Mark Johnston, having acquired a derelict yard on the Lincolnshire coast, phoned the Jockey Club to…

Mark Johnston with Poets Society

Always trying: Britain’s most successful – and argumentative – trainer

15 September 2018 9:00 am

An American trainer was once asked to name the greatest quality of the legendary jockey Willie Shoemaker. He replied: ‘The…

The turf

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Racing moves off the back pages only when its opponents have bad news to gloat over. Two examples lately have…