Johnson puts safety vest through its paces

Leading jump jockey Richard Johnson put inmates at Henry’s Daly’s yard through their paces during a schooling session at the Ludlow trainer’s Downton Hall Stables, wearing Racesafe’s new 2009 European Standard Jockey Vest.

Richard Johnson is one of the UK’s most successful jump jockeys with over 2,700 career wins and a Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase included in his CV.

All UK jockeys and riding stable staff (provided by trainers) will be required to wear the new variant of safety vest from April 2015 as per the BHA ruling. Racesafe, experts in racing and equestrian body protectors, will donate £5 to the Injured Jockeys Fund from every new vest sold before 1st January 2015.

Commenting on the vest, Richard said: “The new vest is very comfortable and you can’t feel it’s even there when riding.

“Every jump jockey lives with the reality that he or she is going to have a fall, on average every nine rides. Thankfully, most of the time we get up and walk away.

“The Racesafe Jockey Vest helps reduce the risk of injury but on occasion a fall is serious. The work of the IJF is fundamental to help a jockey’s recovery, however big and small an injury. It’s great that Racesafe are donating to the IJF and I hope that jockey’s and trainer’s will support this cause and buy Racesafe’s new 2009 European Standard Jockey Vest.”

James How of Racesafe added: “We’re proud to be at the forefront of body protector development, to offer Jockeys the latest standards of protection and performance. With the invaluable work the IJF does for Jockey welfare and their key role in trialling, it was a natural move for us to support them and we are delighted to do so.”

Jockeys and Trainers can find out more about the new Jockey Vest and BHA rule changes from Racesafe

Johnson looks ahead to forthcoming jump season
With Johnson landing the spoils at the last two Saturday’s on board Wishful Thinking in the Betfred Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase at Aintree (25th October) and Menorah in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday, Richard commented on his ones to watch ahead of the forthcoming jump season:

“Philip Hobbs, Henry Daly and Tim Vaughan’s stables all are in good form at the moment, and long may it continue as they are all big supporters.

“It was great to see Wishful Thinking back to his old self at Aintree, the going was perfect for him as he was able to slowly creep into the race and I hope there are some more big days in him this season.

“Menorah is a very hard horse to beat on his day and he proved this on Saturday at Wetherby, it’s great to kick off the season with big Saturday wins – long may it continue.

“My old favourite Balthazar King is likely to run in the cross country race at the Paddy Power meeting at Cheltenham in November and his long-term target is the Grand National.

“Fingal Bay is likely to return to fences in the Hennessy Gold Cup, which is really exciting.

“I really like Tara Mist, who I schooled for Mr Daly this morning, she won a smart bumper last year and I am excited about her graduating to hurdles this term – she could be anything.”

Photograph of Richard Johnson riding Grove Pride by Niels Van Gijn on behalf of Racesafe.

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