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First timer Richard Hughes wins 2013 World Super Jockeys Series

Horse Racing Japan: Richard Hughes wins 2013 World Super Jockeys Series

Richard Hughes was the winner of the 2013 World Super Jockeys Series in his first time taking part in this competition.

Despite a slow start, finishing 13th in the first leg, the Golden Saddle Trophy, the two-time British champion was quick to secure 15 points with race-favorite American Winner in the Golden Bridle Trophy to stand fourth in his first day of the series. His upset victory with long-shot Western Rebecca in the Golden Boots boosted his points to 36 before adding 13 points with another masterly ride on 13th favorite Shonan Maja for third in the Golden Whip to deny runner-up Patrick Smullen who claimed the last leg of the WSJS of the overall title by 3 points.

“I'd like to thank the JRA for the prestigious invite and I'm honored to be here and represent my country”

Patrick Joseph Smullen finished second overall while capping off the four-leg series with his first career JRA win on board race-favorite Osumi Nine in the Golden Whip Trophy. The Irish jockey, who had made his first visit to Japan in nine years, demonstrated his riding skills right from the start, guiding lightly regarded mounts to impressive finishes on the first day, while tactfully finishing within the money on the more favored mounts he rode on the second day.

“It's a privilege to be here and absolutely thrilled to have ridden a winner. I think you couldn't have had better riders here―they all rode very competitively―and it was just a great privilege.”

Andraach Starke, now a well-known jockey in Japan from several visits to Japan for this series as well as his rides in the Japan Cup and his short-term stint this spring, scored a personal best in his fourth participation this year for third place.

“Well it was a great day and this is my fourth participation, and I'm very happy to stay first time here and I'm very happy to get a third place, so it was a pleasure to come here and I am very pleased.”

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