Champion jockey in top form as Johnson adds four to his championship tally - The Coventry Observer

11th Aug, 2022

Champion jockey in top form as Johnson adds four to his championship tally

CHAMPION jockey Richard Johnson was in a winning mood on on Wednesday afternoon, saddling four of the six winners on the card.

The 39-year-old steered Robbin’Hannon, Multiculture, Kracktoa King and Sparkling River to success – completing a 22/1 four-timer.

With rain falling throughout the morning – and significantly during the meeting itself – going conditions were described as heavy, soft in places, by clerk of the course Jane Hedley.

Improved ground at Warwick though ensured all horses coped with the conditions, as Johnson pushed out Robbin’Hannon to win by just over two lengths ahead of Fortified Bay.

The most impressive performance of the afternoon came from novice hurdler Multiculture.

Owned by Terry Warner – former owner of Champion Hurdle great Rooster Booster – Multiculture was sent off the 1/9 favourite, and his performance justified such short odds.

Johnson set the pace of the race and soon had his six rivals off the bridle down the back straight as the smart five-year-old won by a huge 26 lengths when eased up the run in.

A magical third was added half an hour later as Johnson partnered Krackatoa King to success in the Novices’ Handicap Chase.

Johnson’s third win was at an even greater margin – this time 100 lengths – as Krackatoa King took to the heavier ground better than Timon’s Tara.

Tom Scudamore defied the heavy rain on The Model County to win the afternoon’s fourth race.

It wasn’t long before the champion jockey was back in the winners’ enclosure though as Sparkling River won the Ricoh Arena Handicap Hurdle over two miles and five furlongs.

Johnson’s family even had connections with the afternoon’s final winner as The Last Bridge won at odds of 25/1.

The horse is based at the champion’s parents home at Twyford Stud.

Warwick next race this afternoon, March 30, for a six race card.

Visit www.warwick.thejockeyclub.co.uk for further information and tickets.

Pictures: Shaun Reynolds Photography

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