Johnson hits another century

Richard Johnson reached a century of winners for an incredible 18th consecutive season for his long-standing boss Philip Hobbs at Exeter.

Were it not for Tony McCoy, the unassuming Herefordshire jockey would have nearly all the records and a hatful of championships, and McCoy has credited him for ensuring he never becomes complacent.

The 100-winner mark came up aboard when ex-Irish pointer Royal Player (5-1) galloped three lengths ahead in the Maiden Hurdle, carrying the silks of Graham and Diana Whateley, made famous by the likes of Captain Chris.

“I started when I was 19 and I’ve had 100 every year since then,” said Johnson.   “My aim every year is to be champion but the same man gets in the way quite often.

“This year has gone really well and Philip has some young horses that are as nice as we’ve had for a long time.

“This lad jumped nicely and travelled well and showed all the right signs. Three miles and a fence next year will be the aim but there’ll hopefully be some nice races along the way this year.

“I couldn’t ride for a better man and he’s very loyal. He’s also a very good trainer and I get to ride good horses nearly every week, all year round.

“Since I was working for David Nicholson I’ve learned to try as hard as you can and do what you’re told, and I don’t mind if it was Plumpton yesterday, here today or Cheltenham in March, they are all very important.”

Source: 14 January 2014

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