Glorious Hughes is Goodwood king

Richard Hughes capped a truly glorious five days by finishing the Goodwood meeting with a record-breaking total of nine winners.

Richard Hannon’s stable jockey scooped the Racing UK-sponsored leading rider award after Eucharist secured the Play Poker At Gcasino.com Nursery – beating the previous best of eight winners shared by Lester Piggott, Kieren Fallon and Johnny Murtagh.

All nine victories were achieved on Hannon-trained horses and Hughes’ father-in-law himself smashed the six wins achieved at the meeting by Sir Michael Stoute in 1989.

Hughes, whose finest hour came aboard Canford Cliffs in Wednesday’s Sussex Stakes, said: “It has been a fabulous week and things have just gone from strength to strength.

“There was a lot of pressure before the Canford Cliffs ride, but after that I had done my job and could enjoy the rest of Goodwood.

“When you are enjoying your rides there is nothing better.

“It is unbelievable and it is all thanks to the lads in the Hannon yard who make this possible for me.

“Someone said it has been the Richard Hughes week – I like the sound of that!

“It has been a pleasure and Goodwood has been absolutely fantastic.”

Hannon added: “He’s different gear isn’t he? He gets them balanced and they run for him.

“We have had good weeks at Royal Ascot, the July meeting and now here.

“We have got plenty more coming and I have never had a week like this - certainly not at Goodwood.”

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