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Johnson pushing for hat-trick

The jumps season is now in full swing and champion jockey Richard Johnson is once again leading them all a merry dance.

The 40-year old has now taken the crown from the great AP McCoy and rode a century of winners in a season for the 21st consecutive time in the 2016-17 campaign.

Having finished as runner-up to the Northern Irishman 16 times, he has been champion jockey for the past couple of seasons and has already reached three figures once again this term.

The Hereford-born star is well on track to make it three in a row at the end of April, with 117 winners and a 20% strike rate.

Harry Skelton may have something to say about that as he is just 14 winners behind Johnson as the busy festive programme approaches.

He recently guided My Tent Or Yours to glory in the Grade 2 Unibet International Hurdle at Cheltenham while also taking the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown on board Sceau Royal.

A strike rate of 26% suggests that, with more rides, he would be looking down on the test of his peers in the race to be champion jockey.

Sam Twiston-Davies, whose brother Willy has opted to retire from the saddle at the age of 23, is now on the comeback trail after breaking his elbow in November and look set to contuse a blossoming career.

The son of trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies had notched up 71 winners this season before a fall at Sandown and has now been joined on that mark by both Noel Fehily and Aidan Coleman.

The leading lights will continue to jostle for position, with one eye already on Cheltenham when they will be joined by many jockeys from across the Irish Sea.

Silvestre De Sousa was crowned champion Flat jockey for the second time in his career back in October and will be seeking a hat-trick when the championship begins in May next year.

The Brazilian rode 155 winners with an 18% strike rate and, as the 36-year-old has already made it clear that he has no intention of stopping, he might be worth backing with a 10Bet free bet.

Jim Crowley was champion jockey in 2016 but finished runner-up in the 2017 campaign, visiting the winner’s circle on 111 occasions.

However the man in third, Ryan Moore, is a jockey for the big occasion and, winning 23% of his starts, is always good value for a bet.

The three-time champion jockey, who rides for Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle operation, took the 2,000 Guineas, the Cheveley Park Stakes and the Coronation Stakes among many big-race wins and is sure to be a major player when the prestigious fixtures begin next spring.

James Doyle scored 89 times during the 2017 season with a healthy strike rate of 21%, partnering Barney Roy to glory in the St. James's Palace Stakes while taking Ascot Gold Cup glory on board Big Orange, and he is one to watch out for.

The Flat jockeys will just keep ticking over during the winter while their jumping counterparts take centre stage, but it will not be too long before the race for the biggest prizes in the sport gets under way once more in 2018.