Richard Johnson: Champion jump jockey salutes predecessor AP McCoy's 'dedication'

English National Hunt jockey Richard Johnson

As he celebrates his second successive jump jockeys’ championship, Richard Johnson says his admiration for one-time arch-rival AP McCoy is greater than ever.

Johnson, 39, has dominated the riding ranks since the record-breaking McCoy’s retirement two seasons ago; he had been runner-up to the 20-time champion on no fewer than 16 occasions.

Now it’s Johnson casting the long shadow in which opponents headed by Brian Hughes, Sam Twiston-Davies, Aidan Coleman and up-and-coming youngster Harry Cobden are forced to live.

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