Charlie Appleby beats Mark Johnston to become leading trainer at Newmarket for 2019
Charlie Appleby brought the curtain down on another impressive season at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile by securing the title of leading trainer at the Home of Horse Racing.
While Godolphin (owners) and Oisin Murphy (jockey) had done enough to secure their respective titles prior to The Final Meeting last week, the battle for training supremacy was fought all the way to the end.
Mark Johnston and Appleby went into the two-day fixture with 19 Newmarket winners each, but it was the Moulton Paddocks-based trainer who took the top prize thanks to 7/2 shot Global Storm's victory in Saturday's Arioneo Nursery Handicap.
Johnston had to settle for second place while Newmarket-based John Gosden, with 17 winners, completed the top three.
Sophie Able, general manager of Newmarket Racecourses, said: “It has been a memorable season at Newmarket Racecourses and my thanks go to all owners, trainers and jockeys who have supported our racing and given us so much excitement during 2019.
"Without their dedication, skill and courage, we would not be able to enjoy the sport we love.
"My congratulations go to Godolphin, Charlie Appleby and Oisin on a fantastic season. We very much look forward to welcoming them, along with our sport’s other great competitors, back to Newmarket Racecourses to do it all again in 2020."