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Richard Hughes set for Goodwood finale

27 Jul | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Richard Hughes set for Goodwood finale

The champion jockey will be looking to end his career in Glorious fashion

Richard Hughes, the champion jockey on the Flat for the last three seasons, brings the curtain down on his outstanding career in the saddle at Glorious Goodwood this week.

One of the highlights of the British racing calendar, it is a fitting place to finish for Hughes, who has relinquished the opportunity to make it four years in a row in order to focus on running his own yard at Danebury in Hampshire.

The 42-year-old Irishman has been the top jockey at the Glorious meeting four times in the last five years – including in 2010 when he set a record of nine wins – and is favourite to do so again.

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Hughes announced in March that this would be his final season in order to become a trainer, but brought forward the decision once he realised just how much time his new career required.

The 5ft 10″ rider has 18 races tentatively booked for Goodwood – beginning with Master The World in the First Race Special Stakes on Tuesday and ending with Touchline in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Stakes on Friday – a notoriously complex and undulating racecourse.

There are certainly easier tracks out there when attempting to bow out with at least one last entry into the winner’s circle, although the skilled rider is clearly more than capable of doing so in style.

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Hughes, who plans to take a family holiday while waiting on his training licence before beginning his new role in the autumn, is comfortable with his decision.

“The scale of what it is to come is bigger than even I had imagined,” wrote the son of the late leading jockey and trainer Dessie Hughes in his Racing Post column earlier this month. “It truly does seem to be all-consuming at the moment.

“I want to concentrate completely on the training of my horses. That’s how it needs to be and that’s how it is going to be. And for that reason, I need to stop being a jockey, sadly sooner rather than later.”

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