John­ston claims vic­tory in his As­cot cam­paign

The Racing Paper - - Trends And Diary -

RECORD-break­ing trainer Mark John­ston has scored a no­table vic­tory in his cam­paign to per­suade As­cot to re­verse their de­ci­sion to in­tro­duce an ear­lier clos­ing date for en­tries for the Queen’s Vase.

Pulling no punches in his Kings­ley Klarion he ex­plains: “We all know the only rea­son race­courses set early clos­ing dates for races is to ex­tract more money from own­ers.

“It is com­mon prac­tice, and was par­tic­u­larly wrong for the Queen’s Vase be­cause April is too early to judge which young stay­ing horses might be best suited to its de­mands. “Well done As­cot for recog­nis­ing this and act­ing ac­cord­ingly. Thank you for putting the in­ter­ests of own­ers, rac­ing and the fu­ture of the breed ahead of your own fi­nances.”

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