Mark Johnston Stable Tour

The Middleham maestro has saddled 43 Royal Ascot winners and returns in 2019 with a squad headlined by leading Gold Cup candidate Dee Ex Bee and also contains smart juveniles right through to tough-as-teak handicappers.

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Mark Johnston’s team remain in great form as Royal Ascot fast approaches and there wouldn’t be many that would bet on him not increasing an already impressive tally of 43 winners at the big meeting.                  

Baghdad was on the roll of honour with his game success in the King George V Handicap last year and Main Edition made it a double when bagging the Albany Stakes last year to repeat the brace achieved by Permian and Oriental Fox in 2017.

If anything, the Kingsley House team look even strong with Baghdad back again to test his might in the Duke Of Edinburgh and Main Edition looking to improve her record at the meeting in the Coronation Stakes.

Jm Jackson looks a live contender for the Albany Stakes again and the big hope from Middleham is Dee Ex Bee who will be amongst those bidding to lower the colours of Stradivarius in the feature contest, the Gold Cup.

Raffle Prize has shown she has speed to burn and certainly won’t be out of place in the Queen Mary and there are plenty more in the Ascot team that well fly the flag in a week much loved by the Middleham trainer.

With Ascot almost upon us, Charlie Johnston, assistant to his father, kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about their prospects for the five days of Royal Ascot 2019.

Mark Johnston Stable Tour