Hughes is tar­get­ing an­other thou­sand

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RACING - ASH­LEY IVESON

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.”

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