Saturday, 26 March 2016

Sutter County, Boater & Chupalla shine for Mark Johnston

MARK JOHNSTON has made a flying start to the two-year-old season by taking the first three juvenile contests in sparkling fashion. 

All three juveniles are owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, racing in the familiar green silks. 

The Kingsley Park trainer started the onslaught with Sutter County, a bay colt with size and scope to improve with racing and potential class act. This son of Invincible Spirit ran out an impressive nine length winner.   

On Saturday, Johnston took both divisions of the 5f Maiden Fillies Stakes with Boater, a daughter of Helmet, who raced with a pronounced knee action, who was pushed out to beat Tom Dascombe's Playful Trickster by seven lengths, in what looked a moderate race. 

Some thirty minutes later, Chupalla, another daughter of Helmet out of an unraced mare, stormed to the front from a wide draw making her opposition look pedestrian to win by six lengths from a couple of fair juveniles in Stormy Clouds, trained by Richard Hannon, and Rapacity Alexander, an expensive debutante from David Evans' stable. Chupalla clocked a time half a second quicker than Boater. 

Johnson won the first three juveniles races last season, including Buratino [pictured] went of to win the Coventry Stakes Group 2 at Royal Ascot, before finishing second to Shalaa in the Middle Park Stakes Group 1.