Johnson retires after receiving banTrainer Howard Johnson has retired from the horse training ranks after the British Horse Association (BHA) handed a four-year ban to him.

The career of Johnson has spanned a quarter of a century and he was given three charges relating to the ‘de-nerving’ of chaser Striking Article, and six concerning the administering of anabolic steroids to three other horses.

“I knew from day one, when I went down there, I said to my lawyer, ‘We’ve got no chance here.’ “They make their own rules – it’s a bloody kangaroo court.”