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  • 15:00 Racing UK Winter Season Ticket Novices' Chase1m 7f 212y

  • £10,000 added 5yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
  • Going: Heavy (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 22.90s
  • Off time: 15:01:17

Garde La Victoire gets 3000th jumps winner up for Richard Johnson

Last Updated: 12/01/16 4:19pm

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Garde La Victoire ridden by Richard Johnson jumps the last to win at Ludlow

Garde La Victoire ridden by Richard Johnson jumps the last to win at Ludlow

Richard Johnson notched up his 3000th winner under National Hunt rules when Garde La Victoire won at Ludlow on Tuesday.

Philip Hobbs' charge was sent off the 1-6 favourite to dispose of three rivals and did so in workmanlike fashion in the Racing UK Winter Season Ticket Novices' Chase.

Gino Trail made the running but Garde La Victoire was never far away and pulled away from the second last to score by five lengths. Doctor Harper stayed on to grab second place.

The landmark triumph took Johnson's tally for the campaign to 176 as he continues to maintain a big lead in his bid to be champion jockey for the first time after being runner-up 15 times to Tony McCoy.

Johnson said: "It's been amazing. I can't believe I reached this number. "The support I've had from the world and his wife has been amazing and a massive thanks go to Philip Hobbs and my agent Dave Roberts, who runs my life for me, while Philip and Henry Daly have been my two longest serving trainers and have been with me through thick and thin.

"The Whateleys have been fantastic owners, but all the owners have been very supportive. There are owners that when I started out were at David Nicholson's and are now at Philip's.

"My family have been very supportive, from mum and dad to my wife and three children. They (wife and children) are very understanding and they don't see me much, but they are the ones who let me do what I love doing and they are always there when it doesn't quite work out.

"I've many fond memories. Rusty Bridge and Derring Bridge are two horses that helped me get going and it sounds soft, but it's always special to ride a winner for mum whether it was back then or now.

"The three stand-out horses though are Rooster Booster, Looks Like Trouble and Anzum, who was my first winner at the Cheltenham Festival and David Nicholson's last.

"Again it sounds so corny but I've been very spoilt with so many good horses."

Owner Diana Whateley described Johnson as "remarkable".

"He takes it all in his stride, it's amazing. He is very kind on all the horses he rides," she said.

"He is very good at gauging their ability and not pushing them beyond what they can achieve while I would say there is nobody around that is as good in a finish as him.

"Ever since we have been with Philip Hobbs he has ridden for us and he has been remarkable. They are a fantastic team."

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