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Horseracing’s current champions of the saddle reflect on life as a Jockey
“On the whole it’s been a good solid season, with winners from all over the place and Dave Roberts doing an amazing job for me again. February was a bit of a write off, as I hurt my shoulder. But for that I’d have been knocking at the door for 200 winners, which had been the aim at the beginning of the season.
The most important thing is to be champion again and to keep busy and get winners on the board. I’m very lucky that between Philip Hobbs and my agent Dave Roberts I’m busy all year round and enjoying it.”
Richard Johnson, 2016/17 Champion Jump Jockey
“It was my target and I’m delighted to get there. I’m very proud to win for a second time, I’ve worked very hard, and it is great. It’s been a long season and it’s nice to win at the end of it. The effort put in during the early part of the season has paid off. I’m just happy to have had the lead I had all the way through thanks to the support from trainers.”
Silvestre De Sousa, 2017 Champion Flat Jockey
“It’s been a great year, I couldn’t be happier. Two weeks ago I had a clear lead but it has been a good battle with Kieran who has been a tough rival. My dad’s been such a big influence, were it not for him I wouldn’t be in the position I am and it is great for him and my grandfather, who has come over from Ireland specially to be here. I will be going to New York for the winter to work for Wesley Ward.”
David Egan, 2017 Champion Apprentice Jockey
“I’m delighted, I was miles away last year and then in the last month I rode 11 winners and only just missed out, and after that it was my goal at the start of this season to be champion conditional.
Last year I didn’t really ride through the summer but I’ll try to this year. I’ll keep a foot in the door at Ditcheat and have a few rides for Mr Tizzard. I’ll keep my head down and keep plugging away. I’d love to be champion one day and I’ll try to get 100 winners next season. That might not happen but if I could do it in the next five years that would be great.”
Harry Cobden, 2016/17 Champion Conditional Jockey