Johnson and McNally quizzed over jockey switch as gamble is foiled

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

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 By Andrew King 7:24PM 23 JUN 2017 

A big gamble on Northern Irish raider The Trigger came unstuck in the 2m4½f handicap hurdle when the eight-year-old, backed from 10-1 in the morning down to 2-1 favourite on course, could finish only fourth behind Overtoujay.

However, controversy surrounded the plunge as Jonathan England, the jockey originally booked for the ride, was replaced by Richard Johnson and the substitution aroused interest from the BHA integrity department.

The stewards at the Lincolnshire course held an inquiry into the jockey change prior to the race given that The Trigger had been the subject of a significant move in the betting. After interviewing Johnson and trainer Ronan McNally and noting their explanations, a report was forwarded to the head office of the BHA.

In the race itself, the gamble looked like being landed as The Trigger landed in front at the final hurdle, but he found little on the run-in and eventually had to settle for fourth spot, beaten around a length by the Adam Pogson-partnered winner.

Johnson and McNally enjoyed better fortune in the 3m novice handicap chase as De Baba Elephant found what was required to outgun long-time leader Washed Ashore to follow up his recent Hexham win.

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One Comment

  1. Raymond Sommerville

    July 4, 2017 at 3:14 am

    this great

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