The sudden announcement by Richard Johnson at Newton Abbot that his ride on Brother Tedd was the last of his riding career left the racing world in shock and set social media aflame with tributes for one of the sport’s greatest ever jockeys.
Sir Anthony McCoy, the only jump jockey with more wins than Johnson, saluted one of his fiercest rivals for the competition he offered and wished him well in his retirement.
“Sometimes those who challenge us the most teach us the best. You did both to me for over 20 years I will be forever grateful to you thanks buddy. When you go home tonight look in the mirror you’ll see what a champion looks like. Enjoy your retirement @dickyjohnson77” — AP McCoy (@AP_McCoy) April 3, 2021
Pic: Old rivals McCoy and Johnson in their earlier riding days. (The Sun).