Subjectivist takes Glasgow Stakes for record-equalling Mark Johnston

Hamilton treble for Kingsley House trainer

Subjectivist supplied Mark Johnston with a record-equalling sixth win in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton Park yesterday.

The improving colt was ridden to an all-the-way length and three-quarter success by Joe Fanning who was gaining his fourth victory in the Listed 1m 3f contest.

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Alan King’s first course runner Tritonic was in second place with the winner’s stablemate Tulip Fields back in third.

Johnston, who shares the number of Glasgow Stakes wins with Sir Michael Stoute, said: “This horse could be targeted at the St Leger as his half-brother Sir Ron Priestley was second in last year’s Leger.

“They have similar profiles although Subjectivist is rated higher at this stage of his career. He is a lovely horse and very progressive – obviously he will be suited by a step back up in trip.”

The Teofilo colt carries the colours of Ayrshire-born Jim Walker, who is a highly-regarded economist based in Hong Kong.

Johnston and Fanning also bagged the Heineken UK Scottish Stewards’ Cup with Meraas, who won the race by the same margin as his stable companion.

And the Kingsley House trainer completed a memorable treble when Masham Star rolled back the years to land the Birra Moretti Handicap in the hands of stable apprentice Oliver Stammers.

Meanwhile, at Haydock today, Alignak can take the step up from handicap to Listed company with victory in the Tapster Stakes.

The four-year-old has been given plenty of time to develop and mature, like so many of Sir Michael Stoute’s horses. That policy is now paying off and the Sea The Moon colt has progressed from race to race.

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After getting off the mark in convincing fashion on his fourth outing at Kempton in September, he won tidily enough at Newcastle on his return last month. Alignak is tackling better-class rivals now but he has been going the right way and is unexposed.

Breanski can be rewarded for two fine performances in defeat by taking the first division of the Churchill Tyres A Great British Brand Handicap at Beverley.

Jedd O’Keeffe’s six-year-old just failed by a neck to peg back Masked Identity at Newcastle last week, after only being beaten half a length in third behind Northernpowerhouse at Redcar on his previous start.

Admittedly he has gone up a total of 2lb for those efforts, but he is obviously in good form and could easily get the roll of the dice this time.

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