Dickie shows just why he’s a cham­pion

Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

CHAM­PION jockey and Chepstow am­bas­sador Richard Johnson has rid­den thou­sands of win­ners, but Fri­day’s vic­tory aboard Court Duty at New­ton Ab­bot will prob­a­bly last longer in his mem­ory than most.

The horse in ques­tion is trained near Brid­gend by John Flint.

Court Duty had won his pre­vi­ous out­ing at Ut­tox­eter and ev­ery­thing looked set for an­other vic­tory at New­ton Ab­bot as horse and jockey headed to­wards the last fence with a com­fort­able lead.

Then drama struck as Court Duty made an hor­ren­dous mis­take and ploughed straight through the fence. Johnson was thrown to the back end of the horse, cling­ing on des­per­ately to keep the part­ner­ship in­tact. How he stayed on is any­one’s guess.

But some­how he did man­age to stay in the sad­dle and then rousted his mount on the run-in to hold on for vic­tory from Tem­plepark.

That is why Richard Johnson is cham­pion jockey.

For trainer Flint, Court Duty’s win was the start of a great day. He won an­other race on the card with hur­dler Khis­met and then Ara­bella Tucker, a key mem­ber of the team at his yard, won the char­ity race in aid of Rac­ing Wel­fare.

An event­ful, suc­cess­ful and mem­o­rable day all wrapped up in one for Team Flint.

On Sun­day, am­a­teur Welsh jockey Is­abel Williams, daugh­ter of Vale of Glam­or­gan trainer Evan Williams, con­tin­ued her rise up the ranks with a win at Market Rasen aboard Na­tive Fighter for trainer Jedd O’Ke­effe.

An­other Welsh am­a­teur rider in the news is teenager Jessica Llewellyn. She won the Ladies’ Derby at Ep­som last week on Nab­han, trained by Bernard Llewellyn and owned by Welsh busi­ness­men Alex James and Gethyn Mills.

The next race meet­ing at Ffos Las is this Fri­day when it is Elvis Race Night. One of the UK’s best trib­ute acts, Sus­pi­ciously Elvis and his band, per­form live after rac­ing. There are six races, start­ing at 6.10pm. Tick­ets are £20 in ad­vance and £25 on the night. Car park­ing is free.

There’s an­other meet­ing on Mon­day, July 29, when ad­mis­sion is free pro­vid­ing tick­ets are booked in ad­vance.

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