Hughes is hot favourite to win Racing UK’s Goodwood title

Richard Hughes aims to bow out in style at Goodwood / Picture by Malcolm Wells 150605
Richard Hughes aims to bow out in style at Goodwood / Picture by Malcolm Wells 150605

Racing UK is sponsoring the Qatar Goodwood Festival top jockey award, for which Richard Hughes is 5-2 favourite with Sky Bet as he bids to bow out of the saddle in style.

The leading jockey over the five-day festival, which starts on Tuesday, will receive a subscription to Racing UK, a £1,000 donation to the charity of his/her choice and a deluxe Goodwood hamper.

Hughes will be gunning for his fifth title in six years on what will be his final week in the stirrups before he embarks on a new career as a trainer.

As leading rider from last year’s meeting, William Buick will wear the Racing UK blue and white armband for the opening race on Tuesday, the Sky Bet First Race Special Stakes.

Clive Cottrell, Racing UK’s Marketing Director, said: “Racing UK is delighted to sponsor the Qatar Goodwood Festival Top Jockey award for the sixth year running. We have been a long-standing supporter of the jockeys, primarily through our sponsorships and continued close association with the PJA. We’re always keen to get involved with the sport’s real ambassadors.”

Racing UK Qatar Goodwood Festival Top Jockey Award:

Sky Bet win only: Richard Hughes 5/2, Silvestre De Sousa 5/1, Joseph O’Brien 11/2, James Doyle 8/1, Frankie Dettori 9/1, William Buick 9/1, Paul Hanagan 10/1, Andrea Atzeni 14/1, Joe Fanning 16/1, Graham Lee 25/1, Jamie Spencer 25/1, Adam Kirby 33/1

Hughes will be the subject of a special Racing UK feature which will air over the course of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, starting on Tuesday. The former champion reflects on an incredible career, including his job at Juddmonte, riding top-class horses such as Oasis Dream and Canford Cliffs, fellow jockeys, riding style, dealing with the media, fighting his demons and his hopes as a trainer.

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