News About: Mark Johnston

It’s Somewhat Ready for Festival Stakes

It’s Somewhat Ready for Festival Stakes

27 Nov, 2015

It’s Somewhat was unable to make anything of a competitive impact through two starts in the early spring before returning to the paddock, but trainer John O’Shea is pleased with the returning condition of the import and is confident he will run a big race in Saturday’s Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens.

John …

Hartnell’s 2015 Melbourne Cup Form Ideal

Hartnell’s 2015 Melbourne Cup Form Ideal

2 Nov, 2015

Trainer John O’Shea has been pleased with the work produced and form displayed by Hartnell through his Spring Carnival campaign so-far, and is confident the talented stayer’s recent run for fifth in the Cox Plate suggests he is in prime Melbourne Cup form.

John O’Shea is pleased with Hartnell’s 2015 Melbourne Cup form. Photo: Steve …

Former Melbourne Cup Hopeful Wins Queensland Cup

Former Melbourne Cup Hopeful Wins Queensland Cup

6 Jul, 2015

Former Melbourne Cup hopeful Mister Impatience produced a strong staying performance to score a narrow win over Pop ‘N’ Scotch in the 2015 Queensland Cup at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

Robbie Fradd steered Mister Impatience to victory in the 2015 Queensland Cup at the Sunshine Coast this weekend. Photo by: Daniel Costello

Pop ‘N’ …

Melbourne Cup Unlikely For Universal

Melbourne Cup Unlikely For Universal

12 Jul, 2013

European stayer Universal scored an impressive victory in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes (2414m) at Newmarket this morning but according to connections is unlikely to travel to Australia for the 2013 Melbourne Cup (3200m).

The Dubawi four-year-old was far too strong for his opposition in the final stages of the feature race on the opening …

Jury out on extent of Jukebox’s injuries

Jury out on extent of Jukebox’s injuries

30 Nov, 2011

UK galloper Jukebox Jury is still in Australia recovering from a hairline fracture to his near-fore cannon bone received in last month’s Melbourne Cup.

The Mark Johnston-trained grey finished 20th in the Cup won by Dunaden and never posed a serious threat.

Jukebox Jury was ranked the highest of the international visitors going into …

Ghosts of the past fear Johnston

Ghosts of the past fear Johnston

31 Oct, 2011

UK trainer Mark Johnston is hoping jockey Neil Callan has watched the numerous tapes of the Melbourne Cup before he rides Jukebox Jury in the big race tomorrow.

Johnston knows more than anyone that tomorrow’s $6 Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) is not like a staying race in England.

The quick start, slow middle and …

Double the fun for Cup connections

Double the fun for Cup connections

30 Oct, 2011

Defending Melbourne Cup champion Americain

The 2010 Melbourne Cup winning connections of Americainwon’t know which horse to watch in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.

Gerry Ryan, Kevin and Colleen Bamford will this year have two horses trying to win Australia’s greatest race.

The friends will have double the fun after purchasing 50% of UK galloper Jukebox Jury …

Fox On The Hunt For Melbourne Cup Glory

Fox On The Hunt For Melbourne Cup Glory

27 Oct, 2011

While Mark Johnston’s Jukebox Jury is amongst the favourites for this year’s $6.2 million Melbourne Cup, the trainer is asking the public not to discount his other runner Fox Hunt.

Fox Hunt won his last start in the Group 3 Deutsches St. Leger last month and currently sits safely at number 15 on the Cup’s …

Jukebox Continues To Earn Support Of The Jury

Jukebox Continues To Earn Support Of The Jury

24 Oct, 2011

He’s a horse that hasn’t had a single Australian start before going into the 2011 Melbourne Cup but that hasn’t stopped Jukebox Jury from continuing to firm in the betting markets.

The work is being done form him as rivals he’s previously vanquished win races making him look like an increasingly solid prospect.

The latest …

International Runners Dominate Melbourne Cup Second Declarations

International Runners Dominate Melbourne Cup Second Declarations

24 Oct, 2011

German import Illo sits at number 18 in the Melbourne Cup field after second declarations

The second declarations for the $6 million Melbourne Cuphave been released today to reveal a field made up of predominantly international stayers.

Just four horses in the ballot order’s top 30 are Australian, while the other 26 originate from Europe, …