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Champion Jockey Richard Johnson Becomes Chepstow's Ambassador

04 January 2018



Richard is widely recognised as one of the most talented jockeys of his generation. He has ridden more than 3000 winners since his debut success at Hereford in 1994.  He has been champion jockey for the last two seasons. Before that, he was runner-up to Tony McCoy on 16 occasions.

He’s won numerous flagship races including the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.

Richard has also won two Coral Welsh Grand Nationals at Chepstow in 1999 on Edmond and in 2016 on Native River.  Memories of him guiding top weight Native River across the line a year ago, having made virtually all the running, will live long in the memory. 

He has ridden more than 100 winners at Chepstow including Defi Du Seuil in the Grade One Coral Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle in 2016.

As part of his new role, he will be writing a regular blog for the racecourse website and on Chepstow race days, he will be talking in the restaurant and some hospitality boxes. He will also be doing regular interviews in the Parade Ring and taking part in several VIP race day experience events.

In addition, there will be ‘An Evening with Richard Johnson’, where customers will be able to have dinner with the champion jockey and hear him reflect on his hugely successful career in the saddle. The date will be announced in the near future. 

In the summer, customers will be able walk the course with Richard and get a real insight about what it takes to be one of the most successful jump jockeys of all time.

Phil Bell, Executive Director at Chepstow Racecourse said: “I am delighted that Richard is joining the team at Chepstow.”


“He is one of the biggest names in horse racing and our customers will be able to hear from him regularly via his blog as well as meet him in person on race days and other events during the year.”


Richard Johnson said: “Chepstow is one of my favourite racecourses and I am delighted to be part of the team in 2018. In horse racing, we all need to work together to encourage more people to come and enjoy a day at our fantastic sport.”


All details of Richard’s role will appear on the news pages of www.chepstow-racecourse.co.uk as well as Facebook and Twitter (@Chepstow_Racing).




For further information please contact:


Rebecca Truman

Marketing Manager,

Chepstow Racecourse

Office: 01291 622 260

Mobile: 07516 875 755

Email: rtruman@chepstow-racecourse.co.uk


Sam Cone     
PR & Communications Manager

Arena Racing Company

Office: 020 7802 5120
07920 404 296


3rd Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP


About ARC:

Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) is the largest racecourse operator in the UK. In 2018 ARC Group racecourses will host 522 fixtures with 1.2 million people attending racing at one of ARC’s racecourses each year.


ARC is made up of the following sixteen racecourses: Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Ffos Las, Fontwell Park, Great Yarmouth, Hereford, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Royal Windsor, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton and Worcester.


ARC runs four of the six all-weather racecourses in the UK offering three different types of surface for horses to run on: Polytrack at Lingfield Park, fibresand at Southwell Racecourse and tapeta at Newcastle and Wolverhampton Racecourses – the only tapeta racing surfaces in Europe.


In 2013 ARC pioneered the All-Weather Championships which see horses compete throughout the winter for the chance of qualifying for a £1 million Finals Day on Good Friday at Lingfield Park. This initiative is helping raise the profile and prestige of all-weather racing in Great Britain.


ARC hosts racing at all levels of the sport from Class 7 through to Group 1s. Doncaster Racecourse is home to the world’s oldest Classic, the St Leger, run each year in September as part of the four-day St Leger Festival. Feature jumps races include the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle Racecourse, the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow Racecourse and Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse.


As well as racing, ARC also operates a hotel at Wolverhampton Racecourse, a hotel, spa resort and golf course at Lingfield Park and The Border Minstrel public house at Newcastle Racecourse in the grounds of Gosforth Park. A new hotel at Doncaster Racecourse is under construction and will open in the summer of 2018.


ARC is a significant shareholder in the horseracing TV channel At The Races which is broadcast on the Sky platform to c.14 million homes, and a JV partner with Racing UK in GBI Racing which sells UK and Irish Racing to betting shop operators around the world.


ARC plays a pivotal role in British Racing. It is a shareholder in British Champions Series and Racecourse Data Company; a signatory to a British Horseracing Authority’s and Horsemen’s Group Prize Money Agreement; and on the boards of the Racecourse Association (“RCA”), Great British Racing (“GBR”) and British Champion Series (“BCS”).


In 2015 ARC set up The Racing Partnership. This limited company represents the media rights of the 15 ARC owned-racecourses and the 7 independent racecourses Fakenham, Ffos Las, Hexham, Newton Abbot, Plumpton, Ripon and Towcester.


In addition to racecourses ARC owns Newcastle and Sunderland Greyhound Stadia and looks after the media interests of the Greyhound Media Group (“GMG”).


ARC employs 650 permanent staff and engages with 3,500 casual staff for racing and events across its racecourses.  Further information about ARC can be found at www.arenaracingcompany.co.uk.