Tapeta Success 2009 Part II



Congratulations to Mark Johnston for training
more winners in the UK in one season than anyone
in the last 300 years!

In the early part of 2009 Mark Johnston trained on Tapeta, another synthetic surface, and the famous Middleham High Moor turf gallops. Since June, although he still had other options, he has trained almost exclusively on Tapeta.

  • Mark has won 216 races (no claimers)
  • Won 2 races at Royal Ascot
  • Won 5 races at Glorious Goodwood

"Our new gallops are second to none and have made a major contribution to the years achievments and to the health of the team."
- Mark Johnston, Trainer

 “The Tapeta surface has proven to be a safe and reliable, and has shown outstanding durability in this climate."
- Frank Gabriel Jr., Director of Racing for Dubai Racing Club


Recent Media Quotes

"I only have one wish for Presque Isle Downs. We already have our dream come true here. We have Michael Dickinson's Tapeta race track surface at Presque Isle Downs. We visited Michael's farm in Maryland several times, and he convinced us about his race track surfaces. And, we felt there could be no better investment we could make for our members than a quality race track surface."
- Joe Santanna, President National HBPA

"Tapeta is the safest racing surface anywhere."
- Dick Powell, Brisnet

"To me, Tapeta seems superior to other synthetic track versions - which should come as no surprise, since Michael Dickinson is essentially the godfather of such surfaces and knows more about them than anyone in the world."
- Randy Moss, ESPN

"Interestingly, there have been few complaints about the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate."
- Jay Hovdey, Daily Racing Form





Meydan - The New Racetrack in Dubai, UAE

QUOTES FROM MEYDAN TRAINER QUOTES: “We put him (Asiatic Boy) through his paces on the new synthetic Tapeta track yesterday morning and he went very well. The track is a great addition to the facilities and it is just a shame that it was not ready earlier. Kevin Shea was really impressed with the Tapeta and he is a top jockey who has ridden all over the world.” - Mike de Kock, Leading trainer in South Africa and Dubai “We love the Tapeta track, the horses move well and they love it too. I cannot possibly say enough good things about Tapeta.” - David Hayes, Leading trainer in Australia “The Tapeta surface is the best thing to happen for trainers in Dubai.” - Herman Brown, Leading international trainer JOCKEY QUOTES: “I loved riding on the Tapeta track- the best synthetic I have ridden on. I thought it felt great.” - Johnny Murtagh, Leading jockey in Ireland and stable jockey to Ballydoyle and Coolmore “This is the best surface I have ever ridden on.” - Kevin Shea, Leading jockey in South Africa “It is a great surface- it was like riding on air!” - Lizze Jelfs- Exercise Rider for trainer David Hayes and regular rider for Niconero