Richard Johnson (jockey)

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Richard Johnson on Noble Request at the 2006 Fighting Fifth Hurdle

Richard Johnson (born 21 July 1977 in Hereford) is an English National Hunt jockey.


Johnson comes from a racing family with his father being an amateur jockey and his mother, Sue Johnson, a successful trainer.

Jockey career[edit]

Richard became Champion Conditional Jockey in the 1995/96 season, at the age of 18.

Richard's first winner under rules was on Rusty Bridge at Hereford in April 1994.

He has had great success at the Cheltenham Festival. His first win at Cheltenham was on Anzum in the 1999 Stayers' Hurdle. He won the 2000 Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup with Looks Like Trouble and the 2002 Queen Mother Champion Chase with Flagship Uberalles. Richard was top jockey at the 2002 Cheltenham Festival with 2 wins. Richard was also victorious in the 2003 Champion Hurdle with the Philip Hobbs-trained Rooster Booster on which he also came 2nd in 2004. He is one of only three jockeys riding today, the other beings Barry Geraghty and Ruby Walsh, to have won all four of those championship races at Cheltenham.

A major influence on Richard’s racing career was "The Duke" – David Nicholson who supported him in his bid to become a professional jockey.

In 2003, Richard became the eighth National Hunt jockey to ride 1,000 winners in Britain on Quedex at Stratford.[1] He recorded his 2,000th career winner aboard Fighting Chance at Newbury on 16 December 2009. The 3,000th winner came on board St. Saviour at Ludlow on 4 January 2016.[2]

Having been runner up to Tony McCoy on 16 occasions in the Champion Jockey title, he was finally crowned champion for the first time in 2016.[3] In 2017 he was Champion Jockey for the second time. In the 2016/17 season Richard rode a century of winners for the 21st consecutive time.[4]

Grand National Record[edit]

He has ridden in the Grand National 20 times which is a joint record. He also has the record for most rides without a winner.

Grand National
Year Mount Finish
1997 Celtic Abbey Unseated rider
1998 Banjo Fell
1999 Baronet Fell
2000 Star Traveller Pulled up
2001 Edmond Fell
2002 What's Up Boys 2nd
2003 Behrajan 10th
2004 What's Up Boys Brought down
2005 Jakari Pulled up
2006 Therealbandit Pulled up
2007 Monkerhostin Refused
2008 Turko Fell
2009 Parson's Legacy Fell
2010 Tricky Trickster 9th
2011 Quinz Pulled up
2012 Planet of Sound 12th
2013 Balthazar King 15th
2014 Balthazar King 2nd
2015 Balthazar King Fell
2016 Kruzhilin Pulled up

Personal life[edit]

For five years Richard lived with the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips, a relationship that created a great deal of media interest. The couple split in 2003.


  1. ^ Johnson rides 1,000th winner BBC Sport
  2. ^ "Richard Johnson 3,000 winners". Independent. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Joe Wilson. "Richard Johnson is finally crowned champion jockey - BBC Sport". Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Richard Johnson: Champion Jump Jockey Salutes Predecessor AP McCoy's Dedication". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 

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