It was triumphant day for top jockey Richard Hughes who completed a magnificent seven-timer on William Haggas-trained, Mama Quilla, in the final race at Windsor yesterday.
The opportunity to ride his way through the eight-race card was shattered when Ever Fortune only finished third in race six – the mile handicap. However, friend and fellow jockey Ryan Moore gave up the mount on Mama Quilla which sealed a memorable season for Hughes, whose 162 victories have left him comfortably in the running for his first championship title.
“I’m over the moon,” Hughes beamed. “Windsor is my lucky track, and this is a great day. I wouldn’t have any of this if not for Richard Hannon,” he added, grateful of his father-in-law and champion trainer, who supplied him with three of his winners on Monday.
Moore claimed to give up the mount on Mama Quilla in the eighth race due to jet lag, but regardless, Hughes hailed his colleague as “a gentleman”.
Hughes will be crowned champion for the first time at Doncaster on 10th November as the season draws to a close, giving the Hannon’s yet another huge cause for celebration.