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Richard Johnson (jump)Richard Johnson (jump)
Born: July 27, 1977
Nationality: British
Height: 5ft 6ins
Riding Weight: 10st
Regular jockey for: Philip Hobbs

Racing Background
  • Richard’s family has a strong involvement with racing. His father was an amateur jockey and currently owns racehorses, whilst his mother, Sue Johnson, is a successful trainer.
  • He chose to become a jockey as career prospects within farming looked limited. He had also been influenced by his father’s success as an amateur jockey.
  • Richard’s talent was soon realised when he became champion conditional jockey in 1995, at the age of 18.
  • Although Richard has ridden many talented horses, he regards Viking Flagship as one of the best horses he has ever ridden, mainly due to the horse’s incredible bravery.
  • Bering Bridge is his favourite horse, as he was not only a talented racehorse, but also a ‘home-bred’.
  • One of Richard’s most memorable rides came from Anzum, in the 1999 Bonusprint Stayers’ Hurdle, his first Cheltenham Festival winner. He has since had a good record at Cheltenham, where some of his wins include the 2000 Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup with Look Like Trouble and the 2002 Queen Mother Champion Chase with Flagship Uberalles.
  • Richard was also victorious in the 2003 Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle with the Philip Hobbs-trained Rooster Booster, whom he partnered again to come second in the race in 2004.
  • One person he highly respects in racing is the late David Nicholson. He was a very successful trainer and supported Richard in his bid to become a professional jockey.
  • He is currently 2nd on the all-time winningest jump jockeys list, behind AP McCoy
  • He has consistently been runner-up in the jockey’s championship, ten times since the 1997-98 season, only finishing out of second spot once when in third place behind Timmy Murphy in the 2004-5 season.
  • Richard has sustained several broken bones during his years as a jockey, including breaking his leg twice during the 2002 jumps season. This was extremely unlucky and lost time in the saddle cost him dearly in terms of his position on the championship table. However, he made a great comeback once fit enough to ride again, finishing second overall.

Other Hobbies and Interests
  • During the summer months, Richard is a keen cricketer. He also enjoys following the England rugby team.
  • If he could be anyone else in sport, he would choose to be England rugby player Jonny Wilkinson.
  • Richard’s star sign is Cancer.
  • If his time were not occupied by racing, Richard would spend more time at home on his family farm.
  • He describes his worst habit as “a tendency to eat junk food”!
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