Champion jump jockey Richard Johnson is aiming to be back in action at the Cheltenham Festival following a fall at Exeter which has left him with a broken right arm.
The injury came when his mount Westend Story fell during the Dare to Dream Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase at Exeter. Today it was confirmed he had broken his right arm between the elbow and his hand.
He had been riding Westend Story for trainer Philip Hobbs at Exeter when the horse fell at the sixth fence in a Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase. He is stable jockey for Philip Hobbs, who said the jockey was to have an opertation on the injury and have it plated.
The injury is expected to keep the jockey out of action for several weeks, though Johnson seems hopeful he could return to he saddle in time for Cheltenham. It could give fellow contender for the Champion Jockey title, Brian Hughes, the chance to move well ahead in the bid for the ttle. Hughes currently leads by three winners.