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Richard Hughes

Born: 11 Jan 1973

Nationality: Irish

Classic Wins: 1

Irish 2000 Guineas: Canford Cliffs (2010)

Career History

Richard Hughes is one of the tallest men in the weighing room, but his height has not affected a career that continues to blossom. 

At around 5ft 10ins Hughes was always going to have trouble with his weight and it's unsurprising to see that he has ventured into the national hunt scene and has incredibly won over 30 races over timber including the Irish Champion Hurdle in 1997.

Born in Dublin, Hughes was born into a racing dynasty as his father Dessie is a top trainer, but a lack of opportunity in his native Ireland meant Hughes would make the trip over to the UK for work.

In the mid 1990's he gained a lot of rides from future father-in-law Richard Hannon and the pair have since become very successful as the partnership progressed.

In 2000, Hughes broke the 100 mark for winners in a season and this captured the eye of owner Prince Khalid Abdullah and in 2001 he signed Hughes up to be his retained jockey. 

For six years the pair teamed up and in that time grabbed a plethora of Group Ones with Oasis Dream the stand-out as he stormed to July Cup and Nunthorpe Glory in 2003.

As Hughes' career continued on an upward curve he found himself challenging for the leading jockey's championship, but in 2008, 2009 and 2010 he found himself come second to Ryan Moore twice and Paul Hanagan respectively.

In 2010 Hughes finally bagged his first Classic glory with multiple Group One winner Canford Cliffs, who stormed to Irish 2000 Guineas glory when trained by Hannon.

As Hannon continues to accommodate top horses in the yard it will no doubt reap more rewards for Hughes and it surely won't be long until he can bag an English Classic and maybe even the leading jockey title.

Other Leading Flat Jockeys

Ryan Moore

Kieren Fallon

Frankie Dettori

Johnny Murtagh

 


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