Top Jockeys – Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes is remarkable, he is by far the tallest jockey in the UK at 5ft10″, but despite this disadvantage, he is one of the celebrated jockeys of the 5 day Glorious Goodwood Festival.

Son of Irish National Hunt trainer, Dessie Hughes, Richard has a style which has been likened to that of the legendary Lester Piggott – perched on his charge, with rear-end in the air, displaying strong, perfect balance and control. He is also an epitome of elegance in the saddle and is known for his tactical astuteness.

Known as the ‘window cleaner’ by his fellow ‘jocks’ because of his height, Hughes is the retained jockey for Khalid Abdullah. He has met with relative success at Goodwood and up to 2006 he had logged up 65 overall winners, 17 of which were at the Festival Meet.

His major claim to fame at Goodwood is that he won the Stewards’ Cup, considered to be one of the most competitive races of the meet, a total of three times, and two of those victories were in consecutive years! The race is all the more taxing as it is a 30-horse sprint over a six furlong track, downhill. His outing in 1999 was all the more impressive as he coaxed Harmonic Way from last to first in the final two furlongs of the race. Twelve months later, he produced another skilful performance on Tayseer to claim the Cup yet again!

His best year to date was in 2002 when he came away with 126 wins, but he has proved to be consistent, only 2004 was a bad year for the young man – he fell below the century mark and could only clinch 73 wins. He claimed his first win at Goodwood, the Caffreys Premium Ale Foundation Stakes in 1994 on Luhuk, and since then his major race wins are:

Foundation Stakes
Stewards’ Cup (2)
March Stakes
On the Horse Stakes
Goodwood Stakes
Celebration Mile
Oak Tree Stakes
Starlit Stakes
Supreme Stakes
Richard Hughes is one of the Glorious Goodwood Festival Top Jockeys who has put the Glorious into Goodwood with his consecutive wins of the Stewards’ Cup. In 2007, he lifted a big one, the Coronation Stakes on Indian Ink, and by the looks of his current form, he certainly has many more top knotch wins coming!