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Hughes back with a winner

Richard Hughes made sure he put his point across as he waved his whip in celebration upon passing the line with a comeback winner at Newbury.

The jockey had been in self-imposed exile since last Thursday due to his frustration at picking up two bans in quick succession under the British Horseracing Authority's tough new whip rules.

Hughes' main grievance had been over the five-hit restriction inside the final furlong and as soon as it was announced that edict had been removed this morning, he decided to return to the saddle at his local track.

While he admitted he was still not exactly delighted with the severity of the refined whip rules as a whole, his suspensions have been rescinded and a Breeders' Cup Mile ride on Strong Suit is now his again.


Hughes did not need to get too serious on Usain Colt (3/1) in division one of the Download The Blue Square Bet App EBF Maiden Stakes as Richard Hannon's youngster looked a bit more like his namesake on a belated return to the track, sweeping two-and-a-quarter lengths clear.

"I'm pleased to be back riding, and I can ride Strong Suit in the Breeders' Cup now," said Hughes.

"My beef was with the rules about five strikes after the furlong pole so I'm happy about that, but I don't think much else has changed.

"It's great the BHA have held their hands up and seen it wasn't working.

"You don't really know if it works until you actually test it out and luckily they saw very quickly it wasn't going the right way and they changed it.

"It's a good move forward but the penalties are very high."