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Six of Richard Johnson’s best

PA Sport 6:31pm, Sat 3 Apr 2021

Richard Johnson (PA) Richard Johnson has plenty of winners to pick from – quite literally thousands. Here we select six of his most memorable mounts during a long and distinguished riding career. Balthazar King

Hobbs hails ‘amazing role model’ Johnson as rider bows out

PA Sport 6:27pm, Sat 3 Apr 2021

Richard Johnson (right) chats to trainer Philip Hobbs (left) (Julien Behal/PA) Philip Hobbs has paid tribute to Richard Johnson after the four-times champion jockey announced his retirement on Saturday evening. Johnson, who finished second to his friend and rival Sir Anthony McCoy a further 17 times in the championship, called it a day at Newton Abbot after finishing third on Brother Tedd.

Richard Johnson announces retirement

PA Sport 6:00pm, Sat 3 Apr 2021

Four-time champion jockey Richard Johnson has announced his retirement (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Four-time champion jumps jockey Richard Johnson has announced his retirement. Johnson, 43, announced his unexpected decision after his final ride on Brother Tedd at Newton Abbot on Saturday.

Hereford abandoned

PA Sport 5:28pm, Sat 3 Apr 2021

Sunday’s card at Hereford has been abandoned (David Davies/PA) Hereford’s scheduled meeting on Sunday has been called off because of patches of false ground. Officials cited “unseasonably high temperatures and strong winds” of late as factors in the condition of the turf.

Moll on top as Princess Zoe flounders at Cork

PA Sport 5:11pm, Sat 3 Apr 2021

Moll returned with a decisive win (PA Wire) Moll was a decisive winner of Cork’s Irish Stallion Farms EBF Noblesse Stakes – in which Princess Zoe proved a major disappointment. The Listed contest was billed as Princess Zoe’s opportunity, on her first start of the new season, to consolidate her remarkable improvement last year and demonstrate she can be as effective back at this shorter trip of a mile-and-a-half.

Themaxwecan tops bill in Johnston’s Musselburgh haul

PA Sport 4:57pm, Sat 3 Apr 2021

Trainer Mark Johnston enjoyed a Musselburgh four-timer (Edward Whitaker/PA) Themaxwecan highlighted a Mark Johnston four-timer at Musselburgh when landing the valuable Betway Queen’s Cup. The Middleham handler is currently in isolation, having travelled to Dubai to watch his Subjectivist turn the Dubai Gold Cup into a procession last weekend.

Gentlemansgame seeks to regain winning form

PA Sport 3:00pm, Sat 3 Apr 2021

Mouse Morris has two runners in the Colm Quinn BMW Novice Hurdle (Damien Eagers/PA) Gentlemansgame drops back in trip in a bid to return to winning ways in the Grade Two Colm Quinn BMW Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse. The strapping grey was a three-mile point-to-point winner but impressed on his hurdling debut over just two at Cork in January when he bolted up by 21 lengths in a 17-runner maiden event.

Elimay digs deep for Fairyhouse victory

PA Sport 2:54pm, Sat 3 Apr 2021

Elimay jumps the last in front (Niall Carson/PA) Elimay got back to winning ways for Willie Mullins in the Download The BoyleSports App Mares Chase at Fairyhouse. Running just 15 days after her ding-dong Cheltenham Festival battle with stablemate Colreevy, in which she came off marginally second best, Elimay landed 8-15 favouritism in gritty fashion.

Politologue has Aintree in sights

PA Sport 2:02pm, Sat 3 Apr 2021

Politologue aiming for another Aintree win (David Davies/PA) Politologue heads 11 entries in the Marsh Chase at Aintree. Paul Nicholls’ grey was denied the chance to defend his Champion Chase crown at Cheltenham last month when a trace of blood was found in his nostril minutes before going to post.

Andy Dufresne out to measure up at highest level

PA Sport 2:00pm, Sat 3 Apr 2021

Andy Dufresne runs at Fairyhouse (Alan Magee/PA) Andy Dufresne’s connections expect to find out if he is capable of mixing it at the highest level in the Underwriting Exchange Gold Cup Novice Chase at Fairyhouse. Now in the care of Denise Foster while Gordon Elliott serves his suspension, the seven-year-old has always carried a tall home reputation since JP McManus paid £330,000 for him after winning a point-to-point.

Subjectivist may head straight to Gold Cup

PA Sport 12:33pm, Sat 3 Apr 2021

Subjectivist was impressive in the Dubai Gold Cup (Mathea Kelley/Dubai Racing Club) Easy Meydan winner Subjectivist is likely to head straight for the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Mark Johnston’s four-year-old backed up his Group One win in France with another profitable overseas success in last weekend’s Dubai Gold Cup – a near all-the-way success under Joe Fanning by almost six lengths.

Hanlon eyes new heights with Skyace

PA Sport 11:35am, Sat 3 Apr 2021

Skyace has been a revelation this season (PA Wire) Shark Hanlon is confident his bargain buy Skyace has plenty in her favour as he aims to land the first Grade One of his career in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse.

Napper Tandy strikes Newcastle gold

PA Sport 6:02pm, Fri 2 Apr 2021

Napper Tandy could have Royal Ascot on his agenda (Nick Robson) Andrew Balding enjoyed a big-race double at Lingfield on Good Friday and was also on the mark at Newcastle with the promising Napper Tandy. While Bangkok winning the Easter Classic and Ranch Hand being crowned the leading all-weather stayer will have been more beneficial financially for the Kingsclere handler, as a lightly-raced three-year-old Napper Tandy represents the future.

Setback raises Royal Ascot doubt for Battaash

PA Sport 5:44pm, Fri 2 Apr 2021

Battaash (right) strides to victory in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2020 (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Champion sprinter Battaash is not certain to make Royal Ascot after suffering an injury while wintering at Shadwell Stud. The seven-year-old sustained a small fracture which has set him back a month and put in doubt his attempt at repeating last year’s victory in the King’s Stand Stakes.

Khuzaam claims impressive Mile verdict

PA Sport 5:05pm, Fri 2 Apr 2021

Khuzaam came home clear in the mile division (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Khuzaam blitzed the field with an impressive performance to win the Bombardier All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield. Hitting the front on the turn for home, Khuzaam (6-4 favourite) quickly put daylight between himself and his rivals with a devastating turn of foot.

Bangkok bags Easter Classic honours

PA Sport 4:36pm, Fri 2 Apr 2021

Bangkok won the Easter Classic (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Bangkok asserted in the closing stages to land the odds in the Betway Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships at Lingfield. Andrew Balding’s five-year-old showed he had recovered from his trip to Riyadh for the world’s richest race, the Saudi Cup, six weeks ago to justify his short price.

Aidan MacDonald’s condition improves

PA Sport 4:13pm, Fri 2 Apr 2021

Jockey Aidan MacDonald (Tim Goode/PA) Conditional jockey Aidan MacDonald is reported to be making positive progress after being taken ill a fortnight after a crashing fall at Hexham last month. MacDonald was riding the Micky Hammond-trained Russian Royale in the Welcome To Hexham 2021 Conditional Jockeys’ Mares’ Handicap Hurdle on March 18 when falling three flights from home.

Megallan on top in Burradon Stakes

PA Sport 4:07pm, Fri 2 Apr 2021

Robert Havlin with Megallan (Nick Robson) John and Thady Gosden’s impressive start to their new arrangement was given another boost by the victory of Megallan in the Listed Burradon Stakes at Newcastle. Highly tried after winning on his debut last season, Megallan ended his campaign in the Futurity Trophy at Doncaster.

Summerghand pips Exalted Angel in Sprint thriller

PA Sport 3:31pm, Fri 2 Apr 2021

Summerghand (centre) won the Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Summerghand got up in the dying strides to snatch the Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield. Wearing a visor for the first time, Summerghand pegged back Exalted Angel on the line in the hands of Adam Kirby in a driving finish to the six-furlong heat.

James Bowen called up for Secret Reprieve

PA Sport 2:31pm, Fri 2 Apr 2021

James Bowen has picked up the ride on Secret Reprieve (David Davies/PA) James Bowen is delighted to have picked up the spare ride on Secret Reprieve in the Randox Grand National. Evan Williams called up the 20-year-old after it was confirmed regular rider Adam Wedge will remain sidelined by injury next week.

Ranch Hand swoops to claim Marathon title at Lingfield

PA Sport 2:21pm, Fri 2 Apr 2021

Ranch Hand and James Doyle return after winning the Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield (Neil Morrice/PA) Ranch Hand showed a neat turn of foot in the straight to land the Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield. James Doyle produced Andrew Balding’s five-year-old with a well-timed run to lead just over a furlong out.

Clan Des Obeaux heads Bowl contenders at Aintree

PA Sport 2:09pm, Fri 2 Apr 2021

Clan Des Obeaux is on course for Aintree’s Betway Bowl (Steven Paston/PA) Clan Des Obeaux and Tiger Roll are among 13 entries in the Grade One Betway Bowl on day one of Aintree’s Grand National meeting. Dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll is set to be back at Aintree, it was confirmed on Friday morning when he was not among the declarations for Easter Monday’s BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.

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