Why Richard Hughes is right to bow out at Glorious Goodwood


Richard Hughes has certainly come a long way since his first senior ride in a 6f maiden at Naas in 1988 when he finished 10th on board Scath Na Greine.

Victories have been secured in two of the five English Classics, an Irish 2,000 Guineas, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf and a Bangalore Derby.

Now as he closes on 2,500 British Flat winners, Hughes is retiring from the saddle to focus on a training career instead, with Glorious Goodwood being the last hurrah before the switch.

And as the below graphic shows, there is hardly a better extravaganza for Hughes to leave on, based on his performances over the five days in previous years.


Over the last seven years Hughes has ridden a total of 38 Glorious Goodwood winners, enough to be celebrated as top jockey on four separate occasions.

These numbers only add further weight to why everyone should be taking advantage of Ladbrokes’ new sign-up offer ahead of this year’s 28-race Festival.

For a £10 maximum stake, Hughes can be backed at 3/1 to ride a winner at Glorious Goodwood, with the regular price on such a regularity being 1/10.

All terms and conditions surrounding the offer can be viewed here – www.ladbrokes.com/tc/hughes.

It is the Group 2 Richmond Stakes where Hughes has experienced the most success in recent years, riding six of the last eight victors.

King Of Rooks appears to be his likely mount in the 6f sprint this year.

Meanwhile, he rode the Stewards’ Cup winner for the fourth time 12 months ago when steering Intrinsic to victory.

He has already been confirmed as being booked to ride Ninjago, who has finished in the first five on all three previous visits to Goodwood.

Ninjago is 25/1 to win the Stewards Cup.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.