Sunday 25 February 2018

Hughes admits he’s desperate for Cheltenham glory

Keith Hamer

Champion Flat jockey Richard Hughes is hoping to add a Cheltenham Festival success to his CV next week.

Hughes, who will be at the meeting helping with his father Irish trainer Dessie's runners, has applied for a jumps licence.

He is keen to ride the unbeaten Sgt Reckless for West Ilsley trainer Mick Channon in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.

Hughes said: "I've got a good ride, hopefully. He looks pretty good. I have to get my licence first, but I shall be at Cheltenham anyway.

"I've ridden in the bumper before but had no joy.

"I've been placed in a lot of the races, but never won one."

Hughes, who was crowned champion jockey for the first time last season, has rides on the Flat at Lingfield and Kempton on Wednesday.

A BHA spokesman confirmed that Hughes' application was going through the standard procedure.

He said: "He has put in a request for a licence and it's going through the normal process."

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