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Richard Johnson

Born: 21 July 1977

Nationality: British

Champion Conditional Jockey: 1995

Notable Race Wins:-

Cheltenham Gold Cup: Looks Like Trouble (2000)

Champion Hurdle: Rooster Booster (2003)

Champion Chase: Flagship Uberalles (2002)

World Hurdle: Anzum (1999)

Career History

Like many others in the sport Richard Johnson followed in his father's footsteps as he embarked on a career in the saddle.  His father was an amateur jockey and Johnson's dream was always to become a professional ever since he sat on a horse for the first time aged 11.

The journey started there and whilst still at school, a young Johnson aged 14 years old would go and work on his school holidays at the legendary David Nicholson's yard, where he would have a long standing affiliation with the man dubbed 'The Duke'.

Johnson burst on to the the national hunt scene in 1995 when he was crowned champion conditional jockey and his career went from strength to strength.

His first big win came four years later in 1999 when he partnered Anzum to success in the then Stayer's Hurdle (now World Hurdle) for Nicholson at the Cheltenham Festival.

At the turn of the century Johnson was racking up the winners and was consistently challenging for the top jockey award, but a certain AP McCoy was beating him to the title year after year and it had become a repetitive theme to see his biggest rival just sit above him in the leading jockey standings.

However, Johnson continued to bag big race successes and the Cheltenham Festival would become a frutiful place as he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2000 aboard Looks Like Trouble, the 2002 Queen Mother Champion Chase on Flaghsip Uberalles. 

A year later he would become the first jockey to ride a winner of all four major Cheltenham Festival events as he partnered Phillip Hobbs-trained Rooster Booster to victory in 2003.  A feat since matched by Barry Geraghty and Ruby Walsh.

Hobbs would be an integral part in Johnson's career and during the 00's they would spark up a brilliant partnership and after Nicholson's sad death in 2006, Johnson's affiliation with Hobbs grew and he became the stable jockey.

A ten-times runner-up in the leading national hunt jockey standings, Johnson has become the second most successful national hunt rider of all time, behind McCoy, and to this day is widely regarded as one of the best pilots in the saddle.

Other Leading National Hunt Jockeys

AP McCoy

Ruby Walsh

Barry Geraghty

Timmy Murphy


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