Mark Johnston: My Newbury Runners

Mark Johnston enjoyed Dante success midweek with Permian. With a nice booking of rides for Lockinge day, we spoke to Charlie Johnston on his thoughts ahead of Saturday’s racing.

2:55 Newbury – Time To Study

He’s still a very lightly raced unexposed horse, hopefully with lots of potential. We didn’t get him out till quite late last year, he’s a bit of a backwards horse for this year. This looks a nice starting point for him, and he’s won on good to soft at Carlisle last year so he should handle the conditions. It’s a straight track and he may want further than this in time, but it’s a nice race to be starting him off in and hopefully he will go well.

4:05 Newbury – Kit Marlowe, Starlight Mystery

Cardsharp only finished fourth at Ascot last week, and he emerged from Ascot with a huge amount of credit. It’s a shame we just couldn’t run him there. I thought Cardsharp would’ve gone well, he’ll probably end up the nicest of the three.

Kit Marlowe is a horse whose always physically looked like a six furlong horse, but it’s his class that’s caused him to go close at Newmarket over five. He’ll definitely improve over the step up in trip. He’ll need to take a big step forward as this is a really warm race that always takes a lot of winning.

Starlight Mystery was quite cheaply bought and she’s done very well for us. She’s won two races, and once you’ve won two novice races then the penalties begin to stack up. There isn’t a huge amount of options for her at the minute, so she’s earnt the right to have a tilt at a race like this. She’ll improve going six as well, she won’t disgrace herself that’s for sure.

Good luck to Mark Johnston and his team! Make sure you read our tips here, and our Lockinge preview here.

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