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Hughes stays on track for repeat title win at final jumps meeting of the year

Brian Hughes at NEWCASTLE 8/1/21Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 0771 046 1723
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Champion jockey Brian Hughes moved eight winners clear at the top of the jockeys' championship when partnering Mance Rayder to success in the 3m handicap chase at Town Moor.

The 5-2 favourite's chances were boosted even before flagfall when morning favourite Furius De Ciergues was withdrawn by the BHA vet at the track after showing evidence of possible administration of a substance around its mouth and evidence of a puncture wound to the gelding’s jugular vein.

The stewards could not be satisfied that Furius De Cierques had received only normal food and water by mouth on the day of the race and they withdrew the gelding and ordered a routine test.

After that drama, Hughes came from off the pace in the race to score on Mance Rayder for Henry Hogarth and post his second win in as many days to boost his title hopes.

He said: "It's nice to keep plugging away and this horse did it well considering the tack slipped back under me early on."  

Jumps finale

The final jump meeting of the season at the course was staged on good ground which was an unknown for many of the runners beforehand, including Gilbertina, who ran away with the opening 2m fillies juvenile maiden hurdle.

The 11-10 chance fairly bounced off the pristine terrain when making all to confirm the promise of a host of placed efforts under 3lb claimer Charlie Todd.

The jockey said: "Fair play to trainer Nick Kent who has placed this filly very well. I was confident coming here that she had the form in the book to win like that although I was a bit worried about the ground. In the end she enjoyed it and galloped right the way to the line."

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it's nice to keep plugging away and this horse did it well considering the tack slipped back under me early on
E.W. Terms