National Hunt racing attracts bumper crowds throughout the season with jockeys risking life and limbs to provide the spectators with top equine entertainment.
We take a look at some of the leading jump jockeys in the weighing room, who have won some of the biggest races in the national hunt calendar between them.
AP McCoy is the greatest jockey to have graced the national hunt game eclipsing all records set before him. His rise to the top was thanks to his passion of th sport and his will-to-win and over an illustrious career he has won almost eveything possible to a jump jockey. A multiple champion jockey McCoy really hit the headlines when he partnered the Jonjo O'Neill trained Don't Push It to Grand National glory at the 15th attempt.
Ruby Walsh is one of the most stylish jockeys in national hunt racing and has been in revelation in both the UK & Ireland. Walsh partnered Hedgehunter to victory in the Grand National for his father and top trainer Ted, at the first attempt. Since then Walsh's meteoric rise up the ranks has seen him grown a strong affiliation with leading national hunt trainers Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins.
Richard Johnson would've been a multiple champion jockey if he had not had a certain AP McCoy to face on the racecourse day in, day out. The champion conditional of 1995 was an instant success in the saddle and continued to excel as he turned professional bagging his first major success in the Stayer's Hurdle (now World Hurdle) at the Cheltenham Festival aboard in Anzum in 1999. Since then he has become one of the only jockeys to ride the winner of each of the four main Cheltenham Festival races.
Barry Geraghty came from a racing dynasty with his father owning the great Golden Miller and it was no surprise that he has become one of the top national hunt jockeys in horse racing. An Irish champion jockey at 18 years old Geraghty has since blossomed into a top rider and managed to win the Grand National on Monty's Pass in 2003, whilst also winning a plethora of other top races during his career.
Timmy Murphy achieved a childhood dream when he rode the David Pipe-trained Comply or Die to Grand National glory in 2008, but it's not all been plain sailing for the top Irish jockey. He has ridden some notable winners throughout his career, but a jail term in 2002 saw the jockey hit rock bottom before returning with aplomb to the saddle to bag that memorable Aintree success.