Jockey Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson is a British Jump jockey who finally won his first championship in the 2015-2016 season. He repeated the feat again last season and is now looking to win his third consecutive title this year.
He comes from a racing background as his father was an amateur jockey whilst his mother was a trainer of note.
He showcased his talents at an early age winning the conditional title at the age of 18 and rode his first winner under rules in 1994.
There is no doubt he is one of the finest jump jockeys of his generation and had it not been for a certain jockey by the name of Sir Anthony McCoy he would arguably have gone down as the best jump jockey of all time. He finished second in the championship race on no less then 16 times to McCoy and has recorded 21 consecutive centuries to date.
He has recorded a double century in the 2015 calendar year.
With already over 3000 winners to his name, achieved at the turn of the year in 2016, does put him in a very selective group of jockeys for career numerical wins, and those winners highlights his determination and hunger for more.
His strengths, are many, but the ability to get horses jumping, making their minds up to see a stride over an obstacle for those that are less natural is some of the qualities that can be admired.
His principle trainer is Phillip Hobbs who has supplied him with nearly 5000 rides to date and it has been a long and very successful relationship which is set to continue.
He is a jockey in demand, and with McCoy retired there is even more demand for his services, Tim Vaughan, Henry Daly and Charlie Longsdon provide a strong supporting cast.
Here are some worthwhile stats for betting purposes.
Please note records are based on a level staking plan to one Euro or Sterling per bet at SP (Industry prices).
Race Type: Non-Handicap Hurdle
Trainer: M Thorpe
Bets: 60 Wins:17 Win Strike Rate: 28% P/L +68.77
Race Type: Handicap Hurdle
Trainer: R Lee
Bets: 31 Wins:9 Win Strike Rate: 29% P/L +65.75