Richard Johnson Has Enjoyed An Up And Down Relationship With The Aintree Grand National
We are now just days away from the 2019 Grand National and for one jockey in particular it could prove to be an emotional weekend.
Champion Jockey Richard Johnson remains one of the key figures in the sport after a remarkable career which has seen him pick up thousands of winners, but so far the Grand National has eluded him.
Some of the finest horsemen in the history of jumps racing have failed to win the world's most famous steeplechase during their careers but Johnson isn't finished yet and he goes to Liverpool this weekend with a genuine chance. The champion jockey will take the ride on the Philip Hobbs trained Rock The Kasbah who appears to be well suited to the conditions and Betway have made a brilliant video looking back on the career of Johnson and the Grand National.
He has come close to winning the race twice, with two second place finishes in the race to his name and the 41-year-old will be desperate to go one better in 2019.
Perhaps his most famous ride in the race to-date came in 2002 when Johnson was narrowly defeated by Bindaree on What's Up Boys and it is clear that it still hurts even to this day.
The race couldn't have gone any better...I jumped the last and set sail for home thinking i'll go and win the Grand National...
Johnson has not had a ride in the race for the past two years as he searches for the right horse to finally get him over the line in first place and plenty of punters will be hoping that Rock The Kasbah is exactly that horse, there certainly would be no more popular winner.