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Johnson trailed title rival Brian Hughes by just three winners at the time of his injury, but was 20 adrift prior to yesterday's card, with Hughes leading by 131 winners to 111 (stock photo)

Johnson trailed title rival Brian Hughes by just three winners at the time of his injury, but was 20 adrift prior to yesterday's card, with Hughes leading by 131 winners to 111 (stock photo)

Johnson trailed title rival Brian Hughes by just three winners at the time of his injury, but was 20 adrift prior to yesterday's card, with Hughes leading by 131 winners to 111 (stock photo)

Richard Johnson made a spectacular comeback from injury at Musselburgh yesterday by landing a double from just two rides.

Having been out of action since suffering a broken arm in a fall at Exeter on January 21, the four-times champion jockey was given the green light to make his comeback earlier this week - and travelled to Scotland for two mounts for trainer Olly Murphy.

Made For You was 7/4 favourite for the two-mile handicap hurdle, but required all of Johnson's trademark strength in the saddle on the run-in to get up and beat Vino's Choice by a neck. "I'm delighted to be back racing again and to ride a couple of winners is even better," said the jockey. "I'd say I was blowing more than the horse (Made For You) was, to be honest!"

Johnson and Murphy combined successfully for a second time with Dubai Guest, which justified even-money favouritism in the closing bumper.

Johnson trailed title rival Brian Hughes by just three winners at the time of his injury, but was 20 adrift prior to yesterday's card, with Hughes leading by 131 winners to 111.

Johnson admitted he was "up against it" in this year's race, but is not giving up. "After what happened last month, I'm just delighted to be back racing," he said. "Hopefully we can keep at it and we'll see where it takes us."

Elsewhere, Nicky Henderson will keep a close eye on Epatante over the weekend after revealing an untimely scare with Champion Hurdle favourite.

Owned by JP McManus, the six-year-old put herself in the mix for the two-mile championship when impressing in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.

Henderson said: "Epatante has been coughing a few times over the last couple of days for no obvious reason that we can detect. Her blood tests are perfectly normal and she is feeling very well and fresh in herself.

"We will monitor the situation over the weekend and will regularly update everybody with any news."

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