Hughes reflects on magnificent seven
Richard Hughes has admitted that it would have taken something special to have beaten him in the final race at Windsor on Monday.
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The champion jockey-elect had already ridden six out of the available seven winners on the card and was a late replacement for Ryan Moore on Mama Quilla in the skybet.com Handicap.
Sent off the 15-8 favourite, Hughes' mount came under pressure early in the straight but the jockey was not to be denied and punched his mount out to win by two-and-a-quarter lengths.
Having missed nearly the first month of the new season due to a ban he incurred riding in India, Hughes has been in irresistible form and is almost assured of a first title.
He told Radio 4: "To be honest, I thought I would have a good day but you never think you will possibly ride seven winners in a day. Two or three or even four would be a great day, but seven was unbelievable.
"I'm proud he (Harvey, Hughes' son) can say I rode seven winners in a day.
"I was actually quite serene (in the last race). If it's not for me, I'm not going to do it, you know? If I do it, I do it so I was actually quite relaxed about the whole thing.
"It would have taken a good horse to get by me on the last one inside the furlong pole.
"I'm in a great position (in the title race), I'm nearly there. It's been a long, tough year but well worth it."
Hughes' father, Dessie, watched events unfold from in Ireland.
"It really was something else," said Hughes snr.
"It was inevitable that he was going to win that last race, you just knew it was going to happen.
"He had to work hard for it in the end but he's riding with such confidence at the moment. He's had a great year and he deserves to be champion."