Busy Hughes to prove popular with punters
RICHARD HUGHES moved level with title rival Ryan Moore in the Flat jockeys' championship with a terrific treble at Brighton on Thursday and he heads there this afternoon for five rides on a busy day.
Hughes secured a fabulous four-timer at Bath on Tuesday and three winners on Wednesday brought him level in the title race. However, he failed to seize the initiative as he was out of luck with three rides at Kempton on Wednesday evening.
The title-chasing jockeys will have another double shift on Thursday when he travels up from Brighton to take a further five rides at Sandown.
After a red-hot couple of days the Hughes mounts look certain to prove popular with punters in multiple bets with six of them expected to go off at 5-1 or shorter.
There are two meetings in Ireland on Thursday, at Sligo and Leopardstown where last year's Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach will be the star of the show in the Group 3 Ballyroan Stakes.
He has failed to shine so far as a four-year-old and trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "He seems in good form although we haven't asked him to do a lot since his run at Belmont Park last month. Things didn't work out for him that day as the pace was quite slow."
There is also racing on a busy Thursday at Chepstow, Haydock, Southwell and Yarmouth.