Record-breaking trainer Mark Johnston tests positive for coronavirus

Record-breaking horse racing trainer Mark Johnston has tested positive for coronavirus.

The 60-year-old, who became the most successful British Flat trainer of all time in 2018, found out he has the virus earlier this week.

He told how he came down with symptoms similar to flu and was self-isolating at home.

"I didn't really want any publicity because I didn't want to make a meal of it," Johnston told

"I've been isolated since last Tuesday but other people are a lot worse off than I am; other people have bigger problems so you don't want to blow it up.

"It started with a cough and I tried to play it down. I didn't really think I had it but after four days my temperature was off the scale and then I had no choice but to accept it.

"I did one of those tests you have to pay for. We were fairly sure, but we got the result of that yesterday."

He added: "Hospital is the last place I wanted to go given what you see on the news.

"I've had an online consultation and the doctor keeps telling you that as you're continuing to breathe OK, then stay at home and don't go to hospital, so that's what I'm working on."

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