Former champion jockey Richard Hughes is the son of the late Dessie Hughes, a leading Irish National Hunt trainer, and the son-in-law of Richard Hannon Snr., who was, until August, 2018, the most successful trainer in Britain. Notwithstanding his considerable success in the saddle – in a 25-year career, he rode 2,425 on the Flat in Britain alone and was champion jockey in 2012, 2013 and 2014 – Hughes was probably always destined to become a trainer.

Hughes made a quick transition to his new career following his retirement from race riding after ‘Glorious Goodwood’ in July, 2015 and, despite a ‘false start’ at Danebury Stables in Stockbridge, Hampshire, which lasted just four months, finally settled at Weathercock House in Upper Lambourn, Berkshire in November that year. Indeed, his first runner from his new base, Duchess Of Marmite, was a winner.

After a relatively low-key start to his training career – 2015, as whole, yielded just nine winners, but at a healthy strike rate of 21% – Hughes increased his tally to 36 winners in 2016 and 63 winners in 2017. In 2018, his seasonal total dropped, by just one, from the previous campaign, but he enjoyed his most prosperous year, so far, in pecuniary terms, with nearly £590,000 in total earnings. Big race success remains elusive, but his best horse, so far, has been the 102-rated Scat Daddy gelding Glendevon.



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