Jumps racing's second-most prolific winning jockey wins Uttoxeter opener

JUMPS racing returned to Uttoxeter today (Monday, July 6) after almost four-months in lockdown because of Covid-19.

The previous meeting at Wood Lane was back on Saturday, March 14, when the Paul Nicolls-trained Truckers Lodge won the Midlands Grand National.

Young jockey Lorcan Williams steered the horse to victory in front of a huge crowd.

However, there were no spectators this week's fixture, which went on behind closed doors due to social gathering restrictions.

Only course officials and stable representatives were allowed onto the course - and they had to undergo health screening prior to entry.

National Hunt Racing's second-most prolific winning jockey, Richard Johnson, won the opening 1m 7f novice hurdles race on Ginistrelli, which was making its first appearance over obstacles.

Johnson, who turns 43 this month, has ridden well over 3,500 winners, second only to the legendary Sir Anthony McCoy, who retired on 4,358.

The next fixture at Uttoxeter is another afternoon meeting on Wednesday, July 15.

This will be followed by Ladies Day on Friday, July 24 and the Big Summer Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 26.

Picture: Leading jockey Richard Johnson won the opener as racing returned toUttoxeter.

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