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Double leaves Hughes right in hunt

Win, lose, or draw -- each a definite possibility at this stage -- Richard Hughes has done himself proud in the race to be this year's champion jockey across the water.

As of yesterday, Hughes had cut the gap over long time rival and race leader Paul Hanagan and both riders were due at Wolverhampton today with Kempton on their agenda tomorrow where Hughes has five rides and Hanagan has four.

A six-day ban received in early October looked like ruling Hughes out of the running, but he vowed to still give it his best shot and now with just days remaining a double yesterday leaves him holding every chance.

Hughes jets off to America for the Breeders' Cup on Saturday. However, providing he is still in with a chance, he has promised to try and arrange his flights to allow him to ride at Friday's meeting at Southwell first.

The Flat season in Britain ends on Saturday at Doncaster where Irish apprentices Martin Lane and Johnny Fahy, do battle to crowned champion apprentice.

Meanwhile, in France yesterday Aidan O'Brien claimed a 14th Group One win of the season as Roderic O'Connor gave the form of Frankel a boost when winning the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud.

The son of Galileo had given Frankel most to think about in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket and gained a top level success of his own to earn a 10/1 quote from William Hill for next year's 2000 Guineas.


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