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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Champion jockey Johnson riding at Newbury after Towcester fall

Richard Johnson: recovered from Towcester fall on Thursday
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Richard Johnson is riding at Newbury on Friday, his agent Dave Roberts confirmed in the morning.

The champion jockey took a heavy fall on Aaron Lad at the second hurdle in the first race at Towcester on Thursday and gave up his remaining rides.

He has three rides at Newbury starting with Western Miller in the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Novice Chase, with his shortest-priced ride Hello George for Philip Hobbs in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle.

Johnson did not ride at Ascot last Friday after a fall at Wincanton on Thursday in which he injured his hip.

The champion is still setting a hot pace in his title defence with five winners from his last 14 rides to take his total this season to 109.

Johnson also had a winner while sitting out the rest of the Towcester meeting as he tweeted: “High point of the day watching home-bred Perfect Pirate win at Towcester later.”

His home-bred son of Black Sam Bellamy won the novice chase for Ben Pauling and Daryl Jacob to go with a novice hurdle win there last winter.


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The champion is still setting a hot pace in his title defence with five winners from his last 14 rides to take his total this season to 109
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