Dream double for Richard Hughes at Brighton
Last Updated: 09/09/13 5:28pm
Richard Hughes: At the double
Richard Hughes is more used to riding winners for Richard Hannon but he scored a victory over his boss in the opening Brasserie Italian Brighton Marina Fillies' Handicap at the seaside venue.
Partnering the Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained Saskia's Dream (8-11 favourite), Hughes forced his mount up alongside Hannon's Take The Lead approaching the line.
While Pat Dobbs tried his best to hang on aboard the eventual runner-up, the visored Saskia's Dream proved a length too good.
Hughes rode the mare to be second at the track last time and Chapple-Hyam, who is a part-owner, was pleased the champion jockey had maintained the association.
"We have to thank Mr Hannon. He knows Richard is chasing the championship again and maybe because he felt Saskia's Dream was a bit unlucky last time, he was keen to stick with ours today," she said.
"I'm delighted to give Richard another winner.
"We'll look for another winning opportunity for her now. I think she may be entered for the December mares' sale but if not, she will stay in training.
"The more wins by her name, the better she will sell if we go in that direction."
Hughes resumed normal service as he steered the Hannon-trained Juan Alonso (2-1 favourite) to victory in the 32Red/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
He raced prominently thoroughout on the Rock Of Gibraltar colt to win by half a length from Our Channel on what was his fourth racecourse outing.
Hughes said: "He's a very lazy horse at home. It's taken us ages to get him as fit as we want and he's come on for each run."
Pat Cosgrave executed a fine front-running ride aboard 9-4 favourite Uganda Glory in the 32Red Casino Handicap.
Cosgrave had to stoke up his mount at the start after she was slow to break but once assuming the lead, the rider always looked in control.
The field was strung out at the top of straight and the George Baker-trained Uganda Glory kept finding more in the finish to see off Special Report for five lengths.
Kieren Fallon was seen at his strongest to get Hunting Rights (7-1) home in the £32 Free At 32Red.com Handicap.
Run in driving rain, Hunting Rights showed plenty of heart in keeping on relentlessly in the final of nine furlongs to win by four and a half lengths from Brown Pete.
Fallon said: "He's a typical Mark Johnston horse - he's tough. It's so wet it's unreal."
Kamchatka (3-1 ) completed a course and distance double in the 32RedPoker.com Handicap, in which there were four non-runners after the heavy rain.
A winner on firm ground last month, Philip Hide's charge made light work of vastly different conditions as he benefitted from an agressive turn in the in the saddle by Liam Kneiry.
Kamchatka held a clear advantage coming inside the last of seven furlongs and ploughed out to come home three and three quarter lengths clear of market leader Charitable Act.