Saturday 2 February 2019

Frankel Watch 2019: Mark Johnson to Train Frankel Two-year-olds (Fred)

A new Flat turf season brings opportunities to stables large and small. 

One trainer who needs no introduction is Mark Johnston who trains at Kingsley Park Stables, Middleham. Leyburn, North Yorkshire is always a hive of activity with a vast string of two-year-olds. Not a year goes by that this talented trainer doesn't achieve success with horses running at the highest level. 

I'm not sure if he has trained many offspring of Frankel, that that is all about to change. Searching for information at Juddmonte Stallions, I noticed Mark Johnston is training a Frankel colt named Fred. This February foal is a chestnut colt out of a mare named Deirdre, bred by Normandie Stud Ltd and now in the ownership of The Burke Family.  

The mare was similarly owned and bred but trained by John Gosden. Three previous covers have yielded winners. Her racecourse career saw her race just six times: winning on her second start at Newcastle over one mile. Racing at Group 3, her best performance came at Goodwood when placed at Listed class. Deirdre concluded her race career at three. 

At the time of writing this post, Mark Johnston has four Frankel two-year-olds in his ranks. It will be interesting to see how Fred goes.