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Champion jockey-elect Richard Hughes wins four-timer at Leicester

Updated: Monday, 29 Oct 2012 20:52

Richard Hughes had the bookies on tenterhooks again as he landed the opening three races at Leicester
Richard Hughes had the bookies on tenterhooks again as he landed the opening three races at Leicester

Richard Hughes was at it again at Leicester with a 346-1 four-timer.

Hot on the heels of riding seven of the eight winners at Windsor two weeks ago, the champion jockey-elect gave the bookies a real fright by landing the first three races in the Midlands.

Hughes and Intrigo (5-1) landed the first division of the Haymarket Nursery for boss Richard Hannon, Take The Lead (11-4) won the Hoby Median Auction Maiden Fillies' Stakes, also for Hannon, while Hughes teamed up with Charlie Hills to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes on Barbs Princess (11-2).

He was narrowly denied on Shamaal Nibraas in the next by Justonefortheroad but he took the finale, the second division of the Haymarket Nursery, on Glossy Posse (11-8).

"His following among punters has grown even larger since his magnificent seven, and when he racked up an immediate treble at Leicester, we feared we were heading for another Black Monday just a fortnight after his Windsor exploits," said Coral's David Stevens.

"Luckily on this occasion, and thanks in no small part to Tony Hamilton and Justonefortheroad, Richard added only one more to his tally, and although the four-timer will have rewarded some punters, we have definitely avoided a multi-million pound hammering.

"He has enjoyed a fantastic season, and is a worthy champion, but from our point of view we'll be glad when this Flat season is over and he goes on his winter holiday!"