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Mirror man in the mix.

Byline: DAVID YATES

MIRROR marvel Richard Johnson (above) yesterday emerged a the chief threat to Ruby Walsh' grip on the trophy for the leading jockey of Cheltenham 2011.

Ruby Tuesday - which featured a treble for Walsh - looked have given the most successful ride in Festival history an unassailable lead. d e r lmso But yesterday Johnson, triumphant on Captain Chris in Tuesday's Arkle Trophy, moved to within one win of his rival when driving Cheltenian to land the Champion Bumper.

Davy Russell, courtesy of double aboard First Lieutenan and Carlito Brigante, has two victories on the board, while Andrew Lynch, whose Sizing Europe's Champion Chase cal added to Sizing Australia's crosscountry success on Tuesday, also has a brace.

"We were 1-4 Ruby after the first day but he has eased to 1-3, said totesport's George Primarolo.

"It's not as cut and dried a we thought and Mirro columnist Johnson looks a live danger."

Totesport's top jockey betting 1-3 Ruby Walsh, 6-1 Richard Johnson, 12-1 Davy Russell, 16-Andrew Lynch, 20-1 Barry Geraghty.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 17, 2011
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