Good evening all and welcome to our LIVE web chat with Richard Johnson. We have plenty of questions to get through but keep sending them in and Richard will try to answer as many as possible within the next hour. Let's get started.....
I probably fear 39 of them. Many Clouds has done absolutely nothing wrong and he is the benchmark for us all. The Druids Nephew as well, given the way he travelled last year, although the forecast rain might not suit him
I've got two good rides on the first day. Garde La Victoire would have a good shout but we'll see if Douvan rocks up. I also think Rock The Kasbah will be suited by the better ground and the step up to 3 miles later in the week
Yeah, I know for sure that he is but I couldn't tell you what they were right now to be honest
I think there's quite a few. Obviously Sam TD and Aidan Coleman are doing very well. I also like Dave Noonan and there's generally quite a few lads coming through, both English and Irish....which isn't great news for me frankly
I suppose for David Nicholson to give me a chance was the first time I thought it was happening and then it just grew from there. I suppose I just got hungrier and hungrier for more rides from there really and you begin to get greedy as a jockey
I really enjoy watching rugby, especially the internationals. It's the game I grew up with and I still love it. The passion is amazing and it is similar to horse racing in that way
I think there's every chance he'll go for the Scottish Champion Hurdle actually. Hopefully a fast-run race there will suit him. That's the plan at the moment unless the race at Aintree cuts up
He was a fantastic horse. His first time over fences around Cheltenham in a novice chase was a good day and saw him in his best light. He was a really versatile horse and just a star over fences, hurdles and on the Flat. He was a big favourite in the yard
I think Captain Chris was probably as good a horse as I've ever sat on. He had a few injuries along the way and we maybe never saw the best of him. He obviously won an Arkle and I always felt he was a Gold Cup horse, he had so much natural class but it's a shame we probably never saw the best of him.
Well I love Ludlow because it's just down the road! I think Sandown though, when you're on the right horse and you get in a good rhythm on a good jumper. It's a good test and a good jumper can really get their rewards around there
Yeah I think it's got to be a good thing. It's obviously frustrating for myself, Paul Nicholls and everyone taking him on. Many of us will also want to see a British trainer win the Champion Trainer title but it does mean that we can point to meetings like Aintree as being the best racing around. I do think it is an amazing feat for the Mullins yard to keep it all going so smoothly though at this time of year
I'm not sure they're too dark but anything we run can be expected to go well. I actually think Art Of Logistics, who could well be heading to Punchestown, could fit the bill for a horse to follow during the rest of this season
Any of them would be nice! I suppose Lord Gyllene was a horse that I had ridden previously so it was nice watching him go round and you do have that thought thinking 'God, that could have been me'. Fingers crossed I might manage to do it one day
It is definitely ideal when the Grand National has been the plan for the season. It's a very stiff test and you need a horse that is ready. In Kruzhlinin, for example, it has always been the plan to go for the National and that's a very positive thing.
They've been in great form generally. I was disappointed with Rock The Kasbah at Cheltenham, but that was only one run and I am hoping we can put that right at Aintree on Saturday. In hindsigfht, the ground was perhaps a bit quicker than he wanted and if that happens at Cheltenham you can lose ground quickly and struggle to get back involved
Yeah I think so. We couldn't have been happier with him before the race and after finishing second the year before we thought we were going there with a very strong chance. We've got a lot of fond memories with him luckily but that was one that might have got away...
I must admit I don't know but he's probably a horse who needs soft ground. We're coming to the end of the season and there's probably not many options left for him. He's very talented and if he can just get it all right on the big day I think there's a big handicap in him...something like the Paddy Power next year might be on his agenda but the ground is key for him
You want a horse with guts and real courage. The whole thing is testing but the last half mile of that race is where most Nationals are won and lost. I really like Kruzhlinin's attitude and when I've ridden him he definitely hasn't shirked the issue so we'll see
No, I don't think it has really. The changes to the fences have hopefully made it safer for horses and jockeys but it is still a real challenge and those fences need plenty of respect. For a jockey, once you've done the first circuit you can start to enjoy the race and if the horse is enjoying it as well then things unfold from there
He had a small problem this year which stopped him from running. He was very impressive in his bumper last year and I actually bred him so I know plenty about him. Hopefully he'll be a very nice staying novice hurdler for next year
I think winning the Gold Cup is the one. From a purist point of view, it's the pinnacle of our season. That was a massive day for me and Looks Like Trouble is retired at home with me now. Sprinter Sacre winning at Cheltenham was amazing and for a horse to come back like that and reward all the hard work of connections and the Henderson team was an amazing thing for our sport. It was a great thing for our sport to see so many people happy with one result, the atmosphere it created was unique and I think it shows that our sport is in great form at the moment