Racing: Johnston strikes for sheikh

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Mark Johnston, closing in on a record 10th successive century by a trainer on the Flat, broke fresh ground at Ayr yesterday when Munaawashat became the first two-year-old winner he has saddled for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

The trainer went on to complete a 33-1 double and take his score for the season to 92 with Shayadi. Johnston's wife, Deirdre, said: "Bandari was the first horse Sheikh Hamdan sent to us and he has since sent us three two-year-olds."