Wednesday 13 December 2017


Born: October 10, 1943

Based: Osborne Lodge, Kildare, Co Kildare

Training since: 1980

First winner: Church Island, Fairyhouse, January 1, 1980

Horses in training: 65

Last five seasonal tallies (GB & Ire): 39, 32, 36, 54, 42 (to date)

Grade One winners since 2000: Hardy Eustace (7), Central House, Schindlers Hunt (2 each), Rare Bob, Colonel Braxton (1 each)

Grand National record: As a jockey, Hughes never got as far as Becher's Brook, which is the sixth fence, in four attempts. In 1977, he rode Davy Lad, having won the Gold Cup on the horse a month earlier, but the partnership came to grief at the third fence, a big ditch. Black Apalachi has been Hughes's only runner in the race as a trainer up to now. He fell at the second two years ago and unseated Denis O'Regan while still in front at Becher's Brook on the second circuit in 2009.

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