A Trainer Is Sending Just One Runner On A 500 Mile Round Trip To Sandown

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Sandown - June 30 2022
Sandown 15:38
Oliver Stammers


J: Oliver Stammers
T: Charlie & Mark Johnston
Age: 4
Weight: 9-8
OR: 82
Days: 13

A trainer on Friday is looking to have a winner on the flat at Sandown, sending just one runner to the Esher based track on the day, which sees the handler make a 500 mile round trip.

When we see trainers coming such a long way to just run the one horse we like to highlight it, as we believe they would not be coming all that way if it did not have a real chance.

Trainer Charlie & Mark Johnston loves bringing his horses this far currently running at a strike rate of 14% during his career having had 26 winners from 184 runners.

A four year old son of Galileo, having got off the mark on his final start of last term, he entered this season as a horse that could turn into a stayer.

Making his seasonal debut at Hamilton over 11f when a good third of 14, he then went to York over 1m4f and ran another decent race to finish a close up fifth of 18.

Upped again in trip to 1m6f on soft ground at Goodwood he ran a cracker to place in third behind a nice type for Gary Moore and then progressing again when last seen at Ayr, he was third once more behind some proven staying handicappers.

Off the same mark of 82 for this event dropping into a Class 4 event from Class 2, he looks to have a perfect opportunity to get off the mark.