Richard Hughes: found guilty of 'foul riding' by Indian stewardsPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Hughes defends actions after 'foul riding' verdict
RICHARD HUGHES indicated on Tuesday he would rigorously defend himself against an accusation of ‘foul riding' issued by stewards in Mumbai on New Year's Day, and which is the subject of a hearing on Thursday which could result in a hefty fine or ban for one of Britain's top jockeys.
Hughes claimed he was acting in "self defence" after he was found guilty of elbowing another rider during the race, the sixth contest on the Mumbai card and run over 7f.
Hughes was aboard Star Trainer and claimed the rider aboard Elizabeth purposely attempted to put him over the rails shortly after the start.
"I was stuck on the rails and he kept coming and kept coming so I stuck my elbow out to stop me going over the rails," Hughes said.
Stewards, however, found him guilty of foul riding and have given him until Thursday to explain his actions before resuming deliberations.
A stewards' report following the race, read: "Having heard the submissions made and having viewed the video recording of the race, the stewards were not satisfied with the explanation tendered by jockey R Hughes and held him guilty of foul riding on his mount Star Trainer.
However, before taking a decision in the matter, the stewards wished to give jockey R Hughes one more opportunity to defend himself and hence adjourned the hearing to Thursday, 5 January."