Hughes flies solo at Wolves
Published 04/11/2010 | 13:28
Richard Hughes will head to Wolverhampton for just one ride on Friday as he bids to keep the jockeys' championship race alive.
Hughes was initially set to miss the day's action after reaching his quota of nine meetings for a week, but is allowed to compete at Dunstall Park having missed Wednesday evening's Kempton card due to travel problems.
With Wolverhampton's runners declared on Wednesday, and jockey bookings already having been made, Hughes was always going to struggle to pick up many spare mounts.
His agent Tony Hind has confirmed that his sole ride will be Brian Meehan's Colour Scheme, who lines up in the concluding nine-furlong maiden. He replaces initial booking Shane Kelly.
Title rival Paul Hanagan has five rides at Wolverhampton and another six at Southwell's meeting earlier in the day.
Barring an incredible couple of days for either jockey, the title race looks certain to be decided on the final day of the season at Doncaster on Saturday.
Both Hanagan and Hughes will compete in seven of the eight races on Town Moor, with the finale restricted to apprentice riders.
Hughes will get the leg-up on Ceffyl Gwell for his boss Richard Hannon in division one of the six-furlong maiden, while Hanagan rides Vantaa for his retained trainer Richard Fahey.
In division two Hughes will partner Fettuccine for Jeremy Noseda, with Hanagan on Way Chief.
Hughes rides recent winner Expose in the nursery, while Hanagan goes for victory on the more-experienced No Poppy, trained by Tim Easterby.
Justonefortheroad looks a good chance for Hanagan in the seven-furlong handicap, with Hughes riding Irish raider Thats A Fret.
Kevin Ryan has booked the northern-based pilot for Les Fazzani in the Listed fillies' prize, with Hughes riding Hannon's Middle Club
Hanagan will partner Tepmokea in the November Handicap, in which Hughes takes the mount of leading fancy Senate.
Should it go down to the final contest in which the pair will compete, Hughes is on Croisultan for Liam McAteer and Hanagan will be on board Kaldoun Kingdom.