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Johnson leads the tributes to his weighing room colleague

Last Updated: 07/11/13 5:21pm

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Jonjo O'Neill gives his reaction to Jamie Weir after Tony McCoy rides his 4000th winner.

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Richard Johnson, the only other rider to have ridden over 2,500 jumps winners and 14-times runner-up to Tony McCoy in the jockeys' championship, has led the tributes to his weighing room colleague.

"It's an amazing achievement. What he'd already done was phenomenal. He doesn't relent at all. He's as keen now as he was when he first came over from Ireland. What he has achieved in the last 15 to 20 years is incredible.

"He has changed riding, especially in the National Hunt field, and moved it forward. It's been a pleasure to ride with him and you'd struggle to find a nicer person to work with, either, on a day-to-day basis. He's as hungry as he's ever been, but he's a gentleman as well.

"He's got time for the youngsters coming through as much as anybody else, which is a great trait.

"He's been fantastic for the sport and I don't think he'll be going anywhere for a while yet. We all want to win every race and he's just as keen as anyone, even after all the success he's had. For me his hunger is as great now as it's ever been. He's very fair and doesn't expect special treatment off anyone."

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