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Barry McHugh rides first career treble at Wolverhampton

Barry McHugh: a first treble of his career on Saturday evening
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Barry McHugh celebrated a first treble of his career at Wolverhampton on Saturday night courtesy of victories aboard Moon Of Love, Stone Soldier and Blyton Lass.

McHugh struck first aboard 5f novice stakes scorer Moon Of Love, who finished third to Liberty Beach in the Hilary Needler at Beverley on debut, for Richard Fahey and owners The Cool Silk Partnership before teaming up with James Given for his second and third winners.

Stone Soldier triumphed at 14-1 on his nursery debut for Given and the same owner-jockey combination before 7-1 shot Blyton Lass, owned by Andy Clarke, landed the 1m4f classified stakes.

The treble paid 284-1 with McHugh boosting his £1 level-stake profit for the year to +£27.50.

McHugh, who has been riding in Britain for 18 years, said: “This year has been going well so it’s great to get a first treble.

“We all work hard but nights like this make the early starts and long drives worthwhile.”

James Given: trained two of McHugh's winners in Stone Soldier and Blyton Lass

Speaking about his third winner Blyton Lass, McHugh told Sky Sports Racing: “It seems the worse the race the quicker they go around here and the good pace suited Blyton Lass.

“She’s a very honest mare and responds well. James [Given] and Richard [Fahey] have been great supporters of mine.”

Earlier on the card, the Mark Johnston-trained Love Dreams won the 7f claimer under Franny Norton on his 17th start of the year and was claimed by Jamie Osborne for £10,000.

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We all work hard but nights like this make the early starts and long drives worthwhile
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