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Champion jockey Richard Hughes to retire after Glorious Goodwood

Champion jockey Richard Hughes to retire after Glorious GoodwoodRichard Hughes, champion jockey in Britain for the last three years and one of the sport’s most successful riders for two decades, is to unexpectedly retire at the end of Glorious Goodwood in 15 days' time.
 
The 42-year-old, who hopes to have his first runners as a trainer this autumn, will bring an early halt to his time as a jockey and bow out at a meeting he has dominated in recent years.
 
Hughes, closely associated with the Hannon family since relocating from Ireland to Britain in the summer of 1994, took the first of his three championship crowns in 2012 - the same season in which he famously rode seven winners in one afternoon at Windsor - and was well-placed to pursue a fourth title this year with Ryan Moore set for a protracted spell on the sidelines and only Silvestre de Sousa ahead of him in the ante-post betting.
 
However, Hughes, son of the late leading Irish jockey and trainer Dessie Hughes, has instead chosen to forfeit his chance of becoming champion again in order to concentrate on running his own yard at Ken Cunningham-Brown’s Danebury estate in Hampshire.
 

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