Richard Johnson: 21 years of Grand National heartbreak

Richard Johnson

SOME jockeys are destined never to win the Grand National. Jonjo O’Neill enjoyed rotten luck. John Francome never won it. Neither did Peter Scudamore. It took AP McCoy an age to gain his one and only success. Richard Johnson has been trying for 21 years and is still looking for the holy grail of a first Grand National success. This year he relies on Rock The Kasbah.

He has ridden in the joint-most Grand Nationals without ever getting his hands on the trophy. Ahead of the 2019 renewal, the champion jockey and Betway ambassador discussed his experiences of the race, the memories that stand out most, and how much it would mean to finally tick it off his list.

Highlights from the video include: – How his first National ride on Celtic Abbey in 1997 was “one of those days that you dreamed of growing up”, the infamous picture of him hiding in bottom of the fence after being unseated at The Chair by Edmond in 2001 and how the last 100 yards on What’s Up Boys in 2002 were “the worst 100 yards I’ve probably ever ridden in.” It remains Johnson’s “burning ambition” to win it and “complete the set”. Visit Betway for more details.

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