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Philip Hobbs backing Richard Johnson title bid | Racing News

Philip Hobbs will do every thing in his energy to make sure Richard Johnson is topped champion National Hunt jockey for a fifth time on the finish of the season.

Having been compelled to play second fiddle to 20-times champion Sir Anthony McCoy on a minimum of 16 events, Johnson lastly claimed the crown on the finish of the 2015-16 marketing campaign, with McCoy having retired on the finish of the earlier season.

Johnson has gained three additional championships, however seems to have a real struggle on his palms this time period, with northern-based rider Brian Hughes sizzling on his tail. Johnson led Hughes by two – 109 winners to 107 – on the shut of play on Tuesday.

Hobbs mentioned: “We hope Richard will win it once more, however it is going to be a each day factor.

“When Richard Dunwoody retired, we simply used the very best out there. I was at Punchestown speaking to David Nicholson and it began from there – at that stage he (Johnson) hadn’t even ridden for us.

“Richard is clearly an excellent rider, however for any person to be top-end profitable, simply being a great rider isn’t ok. He is massively good with house owners, significantly when one has run badly, which is the necessary time.

“Rather than run away like lots need to, Richard will spend longer with the house owners, which is essential.

“He is completely dedicated and there is no side to him. I’m sure people will help him out if the title race was very close during the last few weeks.”

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