Saturday’s meeting at Doncaster signalled the end of the flat for another season. Top rider, Richard Hughes obtained the flat champion jockey title for the second year in a row. Overcoming the likes of top flat jockeys; Ryan Moore, S De Sousa & Paul Hanagan, who held the title prior to Hughes (two years ago), but has come up short again this season.
Hughes has had a very successful season gaining his first Breeders cup Victory in Santa Anita just one week ago, riding Charles Hills’ trained Chriselliam, who goes second favourite in the betting for next years 2000 Guineas.
Admittedly, I’m more of a jumps man myself. However, Hughes has provided ear to ear smiles for spectators around the world this season, specifically when he rode grey filly, Sky Lantern to a thrilling win in the 1000 Guineas, preventing victory by half a length for Just the Judge & Moth. A three way battle for first place left favourite Hot Snap to go cold finishing up 9th.
It’s easy to overlook what Hughes has achieved, especially in the light of a certain 4000 edged star. Hughes’ success would be hampered without the support of expert trainer, Richard Hannon. Hughes rode his 200th winner on Hannon trained Aertex earlier in the season, the first to do so since Kieren Fallon achieved the feat, back in 2003. Hughes claimed "I've been on some wonderful horses and I'm under no illusions I wouldn't be champion jockey without the Richard Hannon stable behind me.”