Mark Johnston Urges Racecourses To Stop Overwatering Tracks

⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits.Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits Stake. Time Limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus

MARK JOHNSTON URGES RACECOURSES TO STOP OVERWATERING TRACKS

Britain's Winning Most Trainer of all time Mark Johnston has politely requested that racecourses stop overwatering tracks, as it has got to the stage of becoming unnecessary and an unhealthy trend to do so.

Taking to social media to voice his views, the Scotsman believes venues just need to aim for good to firm ground on the flat, which coincides with the British Horseracing Authority's regulations.

Those guidelines do state it is accepted that in some instances certain courses prefer to produce good ground, but Johnston remains convinced that clerks of the course are consistently overwatering.

The latest roll of events carried onto Ripon, where course officials watered good ground before Sunday's eight-race meeting, but the Middlenham-based trainer identified this is an extended issue across all forms of racing.

(Credit: Racing Post) He said: "I could tweet about it every day.

"Sandown is at it today. The going report says good, good to firm in places, watering. They are supposed to be aiming for good to firm.

"It's clearly softer than good to firm at the moment yet they're watering", he finished.

While not without sympathy for track officials, Johnston - a qualified vet, goes further on suggesting that overwatering is also detrimental to the ground itself.

He continued: "I have sympathy for them [officials] because I know as soon as they put that word firm in the going description, there's a risk of them getting more non-runners.

"We've definitely got a problem that ground is overwatered and not what we're looking for, for Flat horses. It doesn't produce the best of racing and it's not doing the best for the breed in the long term.

"We're looking for good to firm so why are they watering to get it softer than that? We all know that you don't get such a sound surface with watered ground as you do with natural grass growth."

"In the long term, horses are going to adapt, develop and evolve to suit the kind of ground we race them on. The only way to condition bone for running on fast ground is to run them on fast ground. Neither from a selection point of view or a conditioning point of view is this watered ground good for them." 

Instead of trying to thwart 'firm' in the description of Sunday's meeting, Ripon clerk of the course James Hutchinson explained watering of the track was strictly down to turf management and did what he felt was best for the grass.

Hutchinson said: "We put 3mm of watering on the track on Wednesday night which followed two extremely warm days and the ground had been drying.

"Turf is a plant and requires water to grow, that's why we put water on in order to put moisture into the ground to keep the grass growing after two very warm days. 

"It wasn't a large amount and was just to keep the grass growing, healthy and in good condition. I wasn't trying to produce a softer surface."

⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits.Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits Stake. Time Limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus

FREE BETS & OFFERS

🌟 Bet £5 & Get £30 in Free Bets 🌟
New Customers Only. Deposit via Credit/Debit card only and bet £5 @ odds 2.0+ within 7 days of registering; Cashed out bets excluded. Get 2x £10 free bets, valid for set types (1 @ odds 2.0+ or greater) & a £10 casino bonus, wagered 40x to withdraw; Bonuses expire in 7 days; Geographical restrictions apply. Click for T&C?s. 18+|begambleaware.org
Claim Bonus
💥 Bet £10 on any racing market & get 3 x £10 free bets for today's racing 💥
New customers only, place a min £10 bet on any Sportsbook market at odds of at least 1.2 (1/5) and we’ll give you £30 in free bets. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. 18+ Begambleaware.org
Claim Bonus
🚀 Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets!
18+. opt in required. odds of evens (1/1) or greater. t&cs apply. free bets non withdrawable. single & e/w bets only. free bet stakes not included in returns. no free bet expiry. eligibility restrictions apply. begambleaware.org
Claim Bonus
⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits.Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits Stake. Time Limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🏆 Get a RISK FREE bet on any sports market up to £20 - money back in CASH if it loses! 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €/£20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
Claim Bonus
👌 MATCHED DEPOSIT UP TO £25! 👌
| New UK customers only | min bet £10 | match max £25 free bet | Min of 3 selections in accumulator | min odds per selection 7/10 (1.70) | Free bet stake not returned | Certain Markets/sports/payment methods restrictions apply | Qualifying bet must be made within 30 days | Free bet valid for 30 days | T&Cs Apply
Claim Bonus
🎲 DOUBLE THE ODDS + £20 CASINO BONUS 🎲
Only valid for new registrations to www.grosvenorcasinos.com. Existing members do not qualify. Bet must be placed using real money in combination with the Odds Boost Token. Offer applies to Sport bets only. Maximum total stake is £10. Each way bets are a maximum of £5 each way (£10 total stake). If you stake less than £10 you will forfeit the remaining amount of the odds boost token. 'Double the odds' refers to fractional odds only. For the avoidance of doubt, it is the profit from the eligible bet that is doubled. Extra winnings are paid in cash upon bet settlement. Customers have 60 days after registration to use the Odds Boost token. A maximum of 1 offer is available per person, household, IP, device, e-mail address or payment details. Members depositing with Neteller or Skrill will not be eligible for this promotion. Member bet limits also apply to Odds Boost token placement.
Claim Bonus
⚫️ £30 Welcome Offer! ⚫️
*New UK & Ireland customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £30. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Credit Card, Debit Card & PayPal deposits only. Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus
Bet £10 & Get £30 in Free Bets! 💥
New online customers only, min £10 stake, win only, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 3 X£10, 30 day expiry, free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply
Claim Bonus
When The Fun Stops. Stop.