Richard Johnson: All I had to do was steer *H&H VIP*

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  • Smad Place was an impressive winner of the BetBright Trial Chase Cheltenham on Saturday and I was lucky to pick up the spare ride, as his regular jockey Wayne Hutchinson was injured. Someone else’s misfortune was my good luck; Wayne had his foot squashed a bit the day before, but with luck it’s not too bad. Smad Place jumped really well and put in a very good performance. I know the horse quite well, having been up against him in the past, and I watched replays of his Hennessy win and Kempton run ahead of the race on Saturday, so I just had to steer him, really.