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  • 17 June 2019
    Champion jockey-elect Richard Johnson paid a glowing tribute to Wishfull Thinking following what turned out to be the veteran chasers swansong at Cheltenham on Wednesday. The Philip Hobbs-trained 13-year-old has been a fantastic servant to connections over the years, winning 12 of his 42 starts including major victories at Aintree and Punchestown in the spring of 2011.His last triumph came in the 2014 Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon in December 2014 and after finishing down the field in Cheltenhams Silver Trophy, his retirement was confirmed. Johnson said: This horse has been a central figure for most of my career as a jockey and he is just an absolute star.There arent many horses that win at the Aintree and Punchestown Festivals in the same year and it takes a lot for a horse to come back and win races like the Old Roan and the Peterborough Chase as a 12-year-old.Im sure that he will now be afforded the most wonderful retirement, which he fully deserves.On top of his dozen wins, Wishfull Thinking was placed on a further 13 occasions and earned almost £500,000 in prize-money. Also See: Live results service Full racecards Get Sky Sports Authentic Custom Saints Jersey . -- Matt Ryan needed one of the best games of his career to lead the Falcons and their depleted offence out of their three-game losing streak last week. Wholesale Custom Saints Shirts . Capitals head coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was injured in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and clarified it was not a head injury. . Thousands of Southern California fans enveloped the Trojans to celebrate an improbable win secured by an interim coach, an inconsistent kicker and a thin defence that wouldnt break. Custom Erik McCoy Jersey . Thats about all he can do right now, so hes trying not to think about when he might be able to play again for the Los Angeles Lakers. Custom Saints T-shirts . The parade and rally were held to celebrate the Saskatchewan Roughriders 45-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday in the CFLs championship game. Max Verstappen says the FIA should consider banning all race radio if it is worried about young fans hearing offensive language.In the latter stages of the Mexican Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel angrily told FIA race director Charlie Whiting to f--- off. The German driver was upset Verstappen had refused to cede third position despite running off track and gaining an advantage during their battle late in the race.Vettel eventually escaped further punishment having apologised personally to Whiting after the race. Verstappen, who was joined by Whiting and Vettel in Thursdays press conference at Interlagos, says the TV audience should appreciate the fact drivers are going to get emotional in the heat of the moment.I think, when you are in the heat of the moment and you have a radio available, you can say bad things, the 119-year old said after being asked how the younger generation might feel about the language.dddddddddddd But lets say you give a microphone to a football player, imagine how many words are coming out there during game ... doesnt even need to be football, rugby or whatever.With the radio its pretty dangerous so maybe we shouldnt broadcast it, thats another solution. Because we are driving on the limit and we are in some good fights and the adrenaline is going really high so maybe for the future, if it is bad for the younger generation, just down broadcast it.Vettel apologised again on Thursday, stressing his comments had been made at a moment of extreme stress at the end of a dramatic race. ' ' '