Talking Horses: Light Heart is banker to keep Mark Johnston wagon rolling

first_imgMark Johnston is one of the most prolific trainers of all time and his relentless pursuit for winners could result in him setting a personal record this season. Uniquely he has notched up at least 100 winners in each of the last 25 campaigns and with 120 already in the bag at the halfway point he is on the way to a new personal best.Affectionately known as ‘Braveheart’, due to his Scottish heritage and his horses’ never-say-die attitude, the Kingsley House handler looks to have another cracking chance on Wednesday in Musselburgh’s 7f maiden auction (2.30) with Light Heart. Show Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Quick guide Horse racing tips for Wednesday 4 July … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Horse racing Was this helpful? Since you’re here… Thank you for your feedback. Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Donnacha O’Brien: ‘I know if I mess up, I’m not going to lose any rides’ Topicscenter_img Hide features Musselburgh 2.00 Scoundrel 2.30 Light Heart (nap) 3.00 Breakwater Bay 3.30 Tommy G 4.00 Lucky Violet 4.30 Falcon’s Fire 5.00 Kinloch PrideWorcester 2.10 Sizing Scorpion 2.40 Blagapar 3.10 Skin Deep 3.40 Alcock And Brown (nb) 4.10 Armaans Wish 4.40 Phoenix Rock 5.10 Outrageous Romana 5.40 Dr DunravenThirsk 2.20 Immokalee 2.50 Induct 3.20 Quaysaide 3.50 Ajjady 4.20 History Writer 4.50 Indian Pursuit 5.20 MunthanyKempton 5.50 Fortune And Glory 6.20 Look Around 6.50 Anbaa 7.20 Buzz 7.50 Piedita 8.20 Zarjaz 8.50 Strange Society 9.20 Smooth SailingBath 6.10 Arcanista 6.40 Always Amazing 7.10 Queen Of Desire 7.40 Kawasir 8.10 Altra Vita 8.40 Groveman  9.10 DeliriumTips by John O’Hara Horse racing tips Talking Horses Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest The Excelebration colt ran a red-hot 1-4 favourite to a half-length on his debut at Ayr last month and, allowing for the fact that Johnston’s newcomers always progress, this fellow looks a good thing and is worthy of being made the day’s banker. Beryl The Petal ran a pleasing race on her debut and looks the danger.Another trainer in terrific form is Dan Skelton, who is banging in winners as if there is no tomorrow. Since the start of the new National Hunt season Skelton has amassed over 50 winners and is more than 30 ahead of Peter Bowen, his closest pursuer. The Alcester-based trainer can keep the ball rolling with Alcock And Brown (nb) in the 2m4f handicap hurdle (3.40) at Worcester.The six-year-old has won three times in Britain since joining Skelton and each of them has been at Worcester. He was an easy winner last month off a mark of 112, where he looked to have plenty left in the tank. The handicapper was suitably impressed and raised him 10lb to a new mark of 122, but that might not be enough to stop him going in again over the same course and distance on Wednesday.John Gosden is enjoying a healthy lead at the head of the race to be champion trainer and his academy of bluebloods has an interesting runner at Kempton in the guise of (6.50) Anbaa.The Lope De Vega filly was sent off a warm favourite at Salisbury on her debut in May but forfeited any chance with a tardy start. She was not thrashed about to make up the lost ground and under a considerate ride she made ground to pass the post in third, only a neck behind the runner-up. Gosden has given her plenty of time to recover from those efforts and, assuming she does not blow the start again, she can take advantage of stall 2 and break her maiden. Read more Share on WhatsApplast_img

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