Richard Hughes was one of the country’s most popular jockeys and twice Champion jockey (2011 & 2013) before his decision to retire from race riding to concentrate on his training career following the Glorious Goodwood meeting in 2015.
Richard has an excellent racing pedigree and is the son of the successful Irish National Hunt trainer Dessie Hughes. He started riding in pony races aged just seven and went on to become a hugely successful and talented jockey and horseman, particularly after teaming up with trainer Richard Hannon Sr. He was later retained by Prince Khalid Abdullah, for whom he won many big races, and continued his association with the Hannon stable after Richard Hannon Jr (his brother-in-law) took over the reins.
The highlights of Richard’s riding career were a first British Classic win on Sky Latern in the 1,000 Guineas, and his 30+ Group 1 successes included the Epsom Oaks on Talent and three separate renewals of Royal Ascot’s Queen Anne Stakes on Paco Boy, Canford Cliffs and Toronado. He also teamed up with the top sprinters Oasis Dream and Sole Power.
Following the announcement of his retirement as a jockey, Richard is now able to concentrate on his new career as a trainer and he is destined to become a huge success, especially as he has been such an integral part of the training set-up with Richard Hannon Sr & Jr for so many years.
His Weathercock House Stables, made famous by Jenny Pitman, at Lambourn, Berkshire, give access to all the impressive facilities at this world-renowned training centre.
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