Dance your way to the bank

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: September 5 2014, 16:35 BST

Ian Ogg focuses on a strong book of rides for Richard Hughes in our daily preview which includes a tip of the day.

 Richard Hughes is a jockey in demand
Richard Hughes is a jockey in demand

Ryan Moore has revealed that he may not be riding in this country towards the end of the season, telling his Betfair column that 'there is a fair chance that I will be riding in the Cox Plate on October 25, so it could be that my last ride in this country this season will be on October 22' which is a shame for the casual observer.

Not only because we lose seeing Moore's talents on our tracks but also because of the possibliity of an exciting title race with Ricahard Hughes stepping up the pressure on his colleague.

Hughes heads to Haydock this afternoon for six rides, none of which are for Richard Hannon.

He starts aboard Karezak who is trained by Alan King, a trainer Hughes has a 25% strike rate for over the past five seasons. Formerly with John Oxx, a reproduction of the gelding's Irish form could make him hard to beat before his attentions are switched - I'm guessing here - to the Triumph Hurdle.

Hughes has yet to ride a winner in eight rides for Charlie Appleby but Mistrusting is currently odds-on following a promising debut behind a subsequent Group Three winner at Ascot.

You never quite know what's going to be among the opposition and there are some likely looking sorts, not least The Fairy who is the only one of three rides on the card that William Buick has for John Gosden. She's related to a number of winners and Gosden operates at 28% at the Merseyside track, including four winners from 16 juvenile runners.

Hughes teams up with Kommander Kirkup for Michael Dods next and he may prove to be the ideal partner for a gelding who had proved difficult to win with but he appears much improved by headgear.

Ralph Beckett is currently without a stable jockey and he's acquired the services of Hughes for Free Rein, another favourite. As a half-sister to the smart Reckless Abandon, it's not difficult to envisage her making her mark as a sprinter.

Hughes has ridden Newton's Law the last twice which included the frustrating gelding's maiden success at Windsor with his final ride coming on Democretes for Seamus Durack.

The gelding is having his first start for the Lambourn handler and the market may well prove to be the best guide to his chances in a competitive heat.

Both Buick and Hughes then head south to Kempton for the evening card where they have five and six rides respectively.

Buick rides four for Appleby with Roger Charlton's Acolyte the odd one out. Currently trading at a fraction of odds against, the Acclamation colt made a very encouraging debut behind Elm Park who has since won a Listed race in good fashion and it's easy to see why he's all the rage on the back of that run.

Hughes has four rides for Hannon and it wouldn't be a surprise if there were a winner or two among them but it's his two outside rides that take the eye.

He partners Famous Kid for Saeed bin Suroor whose record at Kempton is excellent. Famous Kid shaped promisingly in the Wood Ditton behind his promising stablemate Basem before winning his maiden but he then blotted his copybook in a competitive Newmarket handicap.

Given plenty of time off since that run in May, this half-brother to Leger winner Mastery should relish this step up in trip and he's fancied to start making up for lost time.

Hughie Morrison provides Hughes' ride in the day's finale and the pair show a level stakes profit with a 24% strike rate from the last five years.

Carraig Rock is slowly getting his act together and the booking bodes well for his chances of losing his maiden tag.

Famous Kid came close to being named the tip of the day but that dubious honour goes to Gold Waltz who runs in the nursery.

Beckett has his string in excellent order and shows a £60 level stakes profit with a strike rate of 22% at Kempton over recent seasons.

The handicapper hasn't been able to overreact to a narrow success at Lingfield and she can continue to progress from a lowly mark now that connections have found her optimum conditions following a couple of tough tasks in the Albany and a Doncaster nursery won by yesterday's Group Three winner New Providence.