New champion jump jockey trophy unveiled

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The new Stobart champion jump jockey trophy

THE new trophy which will be presented to Stobart champion jump jockey Richard Johnson at Sandown on Saturday was unveiled at Asprey of London on Tuesday evening.

The new perpetual trophy was commissioned by Great British Racing after the former trophy was given to 20-time champion Sir Anthony McCoy in honour of his achievements and upon his retirement last year.

McCoy, who was part of the panel which selected Asprey to design and create the trophy, and who will hand it over to Johnson at Sandown, said: “The new trophy is better than I could ever have imagined and represents what it means to be champion jockey.

“To become champion jockey can be your greatest achievement, and the trophy needed to represent that. I think this trophy does – it’s iconic, it’s different, it has a lot of presence and is perfectly designed.

“The only negative is that it won’t be me collecting it come Saturday, but I couldn’t think of anybody more deserving than Richard.”

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Sir Anthony McCoy with what will soon be Richard Johnson’s trophy

The top of the trophy is engraved with the words, ‘Bravery, Dedication, Resilience, Talent’, while the silver gilt panel around its centre is hand engraved with the image of McCoy on his way to winning the 2010 Grand National on Don’t Push It, as voted for by Racing Post readers.

In Wednesday’s Racing Post: Lewis Porteous takes a trip to Asprey in London to see the new trophy being created – available first on your iPad from 8pm Tuesday

 

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