Richard Hughes has spoken of his delight at effectively being crowned British champion jockey for a third successive season.
Hughes has been chasing Ryan Moore’s tail for much of the campaign but has stamped his authority on the challenge in recent weeks, often riding at two meetings a day in an insatiable quest for winners.
Moore stated some time ago he would not be very active in Britain during the last few weeks of the season, instead preferring to concentrate on the major prizes around the world.
His agent, Tony Hind, who also looks after Hughes, confirmed Moore would not be riding again in Britain this season after he missed two rides at Lingfield yesterday due to illness.
Hughes suffered a delayed start after a fall at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night ruled him out of the opening weeks of the season.
The 41-year-old jockey admitted any notion of catching Moore was inconceivable earlier in the year.
“I wouldn’t say I’ve been battling with Ryan, but it still feels sweet after the doctor told me I could be out for months when I was injured in Dubai. I didn’t think I’d be able to catch Ryan.
“Winning this obviously means more to me than Ryan but it still feels sweet, especially winning it for a third time.
“There have been so many good days this year but if I had to pick one out I’d say Toronado coming back and winning first time out at Royal Ascot was very sweet.
Hughes is stable jockey for champion trainer Richard Hannon jnr, his brother-in-law, who took over from his father, Richard, at the start of the year.
The jockey said: “It’s been a great first year for Richard.”
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