Jan 05, 2016
Congratulations to Richard Johnson and Sir AP McCoy
Newton Abbot Racecourse celebrates and congratulates two of horseracing’s most well regarded jockeys.
We congratulate renowned National Hunt jockey Richard Johnson on winning the 3,000th race of his celebrated career. Johnson rode even-money favourite St Saviour to a 21 length win at Ludlow Racecourse on Monday 4 January, in the opening juvenile maiden hurdle for trainer Philip Hobbs.
The Herefordshire born rider achieved his first win in 1994 in his home county on Rusty Bridge and at the final meeting of Newton Abbot’s 2015 season in October he scored a treble winning on Milan Bound in the SIS Handicap Hurdle, Kayf Willow in the On Course Bookmakers at Newton Abbot Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (sporting the colours of the Newton Abbot Racing Syndicate) and finally on Copper Kay in the concluding Last Race This Season Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.
We also extend heartfelt congratulations to 20 time champion jump jockey, AP McCoy, who has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. McCoy has ridden over 4,300 winners in his illustrious career and is only the second jockey, after Gordon Richards in 1953, to be knighted.
In October 2014 Newton Abbot Racecourse paid special tribute to this amazing sportsman by commissioning a bronze sculpture of McCoy which resides in the course’s weighing room. This accolade was created to mark his impressive achievements in horseracing including riding his 4000th winner at Towcester in November 2013 and his 100th fastest win which took place at Newton Abbot in August 2014. He achieved more wins at Newton Abbot than at any other racecourse.
Our congratulations once again to two of horseracing’s most exceptional sportsmen.