CHAMPION jockey Richard Johnson has given his backing to The Sun’s drive to help jockeys hit by racing’s equine flu crisis.
Last year’s Gold Cup-winning rider is well used to the glamour and riches of the big races but there are plenty of jockeys not so lucky.
Those without retainers to top stables or wealthy owners are not earning while racing is shut down with no definite date of it resuming.
The Sun kicked off the fighting fund with £5,000 and generous bookies Betfair, Betway, William Hill and BetVictor were all delighted to help boost the coffers.
The cash will go to The Jockeys Association Trust – a registered charity which helps out riders struggling financially.
Johnson said: “It’s a great gesture from The Sun.
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“Some of my colleagues in the weighing room are going to be affected financially while there’s no racing.
“The Jockeys Association Trust is there to help jockeys who need a bit of assistance so I know it will make a difference.”
You can donate online to The Professional Jockeys Association Trust, sort code: 60-93-03, account no: 00585615.
Or send a cheque, payable to Jockeys Association Trust, to The Professional Jockeys Association, 39b Kingfisher Court, Hambridge Road, Newbury RG14 5SJ