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wiTh ap mcCoy ending his pRofessional paRTiCipaTion in fRonT of a CapaCiTy CRowd aT sandown paRK afTeR a momenTous CaReeR of TwenTy seasons pResiding aT The pinnaCle of The spoRT, eveRyone’s eyes aRe now on The new ConTendeRs foR This season’s TiTle of bRiTish jump joCKey Champion, a ConTesT ThaT will be deCided on Ridden winneRs in naTional hunT RaCes fRom 26Th apRil 2015 To 23Rd apRil 2016.

Out in front and best placed right now, Richard Johnson has 29 wins under his belt so far, boasting an impressive 23% strike rate, £160,194 in win prizes and a total prize pot of £231,215*. Racking up more than 2800 wins during his career, only second to AP’s 4300, Johnson spoke to Frank Keogh for BBC Sport just after McCoy announced his retirement. He was candid about his own hopes and the frustrations of being perpetually runnerup to the great man, acknowledging that the championship is a numbers game and that AP will remain in the record books as the greatest jump jockey ever. It is clear his great friendship, admiration and respect for the jockey still motivates him to achieve the championship himself. “Some years I have got closer than others. I rode 186 winners one year. I’ve never ridden 200 but I think that is the target I will be looking to get near. I know the bookies have prices on all of us but you’d be hard pressed to pick a winner. Without AP, it is going to be a much more open race and there will be a few lads who think they have a realistic chance 28

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