Hughes cut after four-timer

  • Last Updated: August 7 2012, 19:42 BST

Richard Hughes was cut to 4-9 (from 4-5) for the jockeys' title by Sky Bet after riding a four-timer at Bath on Tuesday afternoon.

Richard Hughes: Rode four-timer at Bath

The title-hunting jockey was seven behind Ryan Moore (90) on 83 winners at the start of the day but he cut the deficit to just three after winning four races in succession.

Hughes finished last in the first race on Lady Calantha but wasn't beaten by another rival in his next four as he won aboard Waspy (11-8 favourite), Dynastic (7-2), Griffin Point (13-8 favourite) and Cockney Fire (8-1).

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Moore, not riding again until August 9, remains three clear but was eased to a top-price 7-4 by Sky Bet such was the momentum behind Hughes.

Hughes said: "I thought I'd only ride one winner (on the card), but it was one of those days.

"I said if I was in a good position at Goodwood I'd give it (a championship challenge) a go, and I'm in a good position.

"It'll be flat out now until the end of the season."

Hughes heads to Brighton and Kempton for a double shift on Wednesday.

Ryan Moore has no booked rides until Sandown's card on Thursday evening.

Hughes was, however, given a two-day suspension (August 21 and 25) after he had used his whip above the permitted level aboard Cockney Fire.

He told At The Races: "I got two days for the whip, but I felt she (Cockney Fire) needed everyone of them to get her to the line."