Hughes set for Sandown return
Richard Hughes has been given the green light to return to race-riding at Sandown on Friday.
The champion jockey has been sidelined since Dubai World Cup night at Meydan last month after suffering a fractured vertebra in a nasty fall from the Mike de Kock-trained Mars in the Sheema Classic.
Although he did not require surgery, he has been forced to spend a few weeks on the sidelines and will undoubtedly be itching to get his Flat season up and running.
His wife, Lizzie Hughes, said on Twitter: "@hughesiejockey got the all clear from the doctor this morning which is great news, back riding on Friday."
Hughes has five booked rides at the Esher track, including bet365 Mile contender Montiridge and Truth Or Dare in the bet365 Classic Trial.