Goodwood may be a little bit different for the Mark Johnston raiding party this year but the target will be once again to head the table of winners of the week and, once again, the Middleham trainer sends a strong team for the five-day Festival.
The star of the show 12 months ago was Nayef Road who took the Group 3 Gordon Stakes and returns for another clash with Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup, and Johnston ended last year meeting with an additional five winners courtesy of Sir Ron Priestley, Mrs Bouquet, Governor of Punjab, Homespin and King’s Advice.
Charlie Johnston, assistant to his father Mark, said: “This year is going to be different, but it will still mean a busy week for us even though we won’t be stopping down like we usually do and entertaining our owners. To be leading trainer is always a target, but this year prize money is down, and the owners are not as keen to run if they can’t enjoy the experience of Goodwood. However, we have a likeable team and hopefully we can pick up a few winners along the way.
Charlie kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about those likely to be in action on the Sussex Downs this week.