Can Hughes beat Johnson this year?

Can Hughes beat Johnson this year?

Released On 3rd Sep 2019

Now that the Flat racing season is almost over, we (thankfully!) can turn our attention to what could be an epic battle for the Jump Jockeys Championship, surely one of the most gruelling and difficult prizes to win in all sport.

As those of us who follow National Hunt are aware, the sport was dominated by Tony McCoy who was champion jockey for 20 consecutive years; for most of those years, the amiable Richard Johnson played the gallant role of runner up.

Upon McCoy’s retirement Richard has cemented his place in jump racing folklore by winning the past 4 championships. Last year was a real battle as Harry Skelton, riding primarily for his brother Dan’s powerful yard, pushed Johnson all the way.

However, this year, although Richard Johnson is off to a flier, his nearest challenger (so far) is the hard-working stellar northern jockey, Brian Hughes.

The current table has Richard Johnson on 54 winners with Brian Hughes just 4 adrift on 50. After a mediocre summer for winners, Harry Skelton is down in third place on 37 winners.

Some of the trainers that Hughes regularly rides for are enjoying a far more successful season, particularly Donald McCain, so could this be the year that Johnson’s run ends and Hughes’s northern grit prevails?


Doug Woodward


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