Hughes is targeting another thousand
BRIAN HUGHES already has one eye on riding another thousand winners after joining the 1,000 club at Wetherby on Friday.
The leading northern-based jockey achieved the milestone aboard the Nicky Richardstrained My Old Gold in West Yorkshire, and swiftly added another three winners to his tally with a treble at Newcastle on Saturday.
After initially riding on the Flat, the County Armagh-born rider moved to Britain to concentrate on his career as a jumps jockey – and was crowned champion conditional in the 2007-08 season.
The 33-year-old has firmly established himself among the among the elite, finishing runner-up to Richard Johnson in the jockeys’ title race in each of the last two seasons and recently passing a century of winners for the fifth season in a row.
Hughes said: “It’s great to get there. I suppose when you start off you hope you might ride 100 winners – and then you want to get to 1,000.
“It would be nice to think I could ride another thousand. Whether that’s achievable or not, I don’t know. When you think Richard Johnson has ridden over 3,500 winners, and AP McCoy rode over 4,000, to get to 1,000 seems a bit insignificant – but it’s still a decent enough achievement, I suppose.”