2017 Champion jockey Richard Johnson – Top 5 races

Richard Johnson has had ridden some spectacular winners this season, he’s not short of choice with 183 wins and he still has the Sandown Jump finale to go!

Dickie has forced strong partnerships with Defi Du Seuil and Native River over the season, they make the four of the top five races.

Richard Johnson seems as motivated as ever to continue winning races regularly and producing at the big festivals. It will be fascinating to see if the double champion jockey can make it a hat-trick next season!

 

Triumph Hurdle, Cheltenham (Grade 1) – DEFI DU SEUIL

It was a commanding ride when Richard Johnson teamed up again with Defi Du Seuil to comfortably win the Triumph Hurdle in the opening race on the final day of this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

The 5-2 favourite pulled clear on the run-in to lead by five lengths and the Philip Hobbs-trained horse has now tallied up a total of seven impressive wins on the trot.

 

Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, Cheltenham (Grade 3) – FLYING TIGER

Going off at 33-1 in a competitive line up for the Fred Winter Hurdle at Cheltenham, Flying Tiger provided Richard Johnson with his unlikely first winner at the 2017 Festival which also saw trainer Nick Williams claim his first ever Festival win.

It was the well-fancied Divin Bere who moved smoothly towards the front end rounding the home turn, but Flying Tiger picked up in the crucial stages to triumph.

 

Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase, Chepstow (Grade 3) – NATIVE RIVER

Credit: Ruth – Twitter

Richard Johnson and Native River once again proved to be a formidable team after winning the Hennessey Gold Cup at Newbury.

The Colin Tizzard-trained six year-old was the 11-4 favourite despite carrying a weight of 11st 12lb. However Richard guided him from the off, initially settling in behind the pacesetting Emperor’s Choice before taking over the lead with a full circuit still to race.

Watch the final moments of the race below (excuse the quality)!

 

Juvenile Hurdle, Chepstow (Grade 1) – DEFI DU SEUIL

Credit: Chepstow Racecourse

From the off there was little for Richard Johnson to worry about after having no difficulties in seeing off early leader Evening Hush at Chepstow.

The JP McManus owned favourite finished 13 lengths clear of second even though his jumping was untidy towards the end and this was to be the first of two wins for Johnson when teaming up with the three year-old juvenile.

 

Henessey Gold Cup Chase, Newbury (Grade 3) – NATIVE RIVER

Credit: Stu Williams – twitter

On the 60th running of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, Richard Johnson partnered 7-2 favourite Native River to claim his first victory in the Cup, having previously finished second on two occasions.

They crossed the winning posts just in front of Carole’s Destrier and Double Ross.

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