Richard Johnson looks to ‘family pet’ for his Gold Cup inspiration | Chris Cook

Champion jump jockey’s 2000 winner, Looks Like Trouble, is a constant reminder that jump racing’s top prize can be won

In a field behind Richard Johnson’s Herefordshire home lives a constant reminder that the Cheltenham Gold Cup, jump racing’s most prestigious prize, can be won. Looks Like Trouble, who bore him to glory when the jockey was a mere stripling of 22, has spent a happy retirement with his former rider, who can look out the window and smile about the day they outbattled the classy Irish raider Florida Pearl.

But perhaps the old horse’s presence also underlines how long it has been since Johnson, now 40 and the champion jump jockey of British racing, has got his hands on this particular trophy. “He’s the family pet,” Johnson says. “He’s 26, he doesn’t do quite so much but my little girl, Willow, she’s ridden him. He’s a gentle giant.

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