Chris Johnson Celebration Raceday

Thursday meeting salutes achievement

The Canterbury Jockey Club racemeeting this coming Thursday, 21 January 2021, will celebrate the career of one of New Zealand racing’s greatest Jockeys, and one of Canterbury’s best sporting sons, Christopher William Johnson.


Johnson broke the record for the most winning rides by a jockey in New Zealand when SASSENACH won the fourth race on the card at the Awapuni racemeeting on Saturday 19 December 2020.  Thursday is the first occasion that the Canterbury Jockey Club has held a racemeeting since Chris reached the milestone of 2452 winning rides in New Zealand to take the record from another Cantabrian David Walsh.


New Zealand’s oldest racecourse Riccarton Park will be renamed ‘Chris Johnson Racecourse’ for the day and each race will carry the name or names of horses that hold special meaning to Chris.


For further information please contact Tim Mills, Canterbury Jockey Club, 027 430 0208 or