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Hughes has look of a champion after treble

By Martin Kelly

Richard Hughes was in sparkling form at Lingfield as he chalked up a 125-1 treble on Piping Dream, Majestic Manner and Whaleweigh Station to assume favouritism with some firms in the jockeys' title race.

The dual champion still trails Ryan Moore but continues to put up a strong defence of his crown and his homework on the straight turf course paid dividends as he brought all his winners down the stands rail.

Hughes showed his intent on Piping Dream (8-1) as he moved the Richard Hannon-trained filly from her wide draw to the rail in the 188Bet Nursery Handicap. It paid off but it was a close call to keep out Jubilee Spirit by a head.

Hughes repeated the trick on Majestic Manner (5-2 favourite) and followed up on Whaleweigh Station (3-1).

Paddy Power trimmed Hughes to 4-5 favourite from evens for what would be a third championship, with long-time leader Moore 10-11 from 8-11.

Ulster jockey Martin Harley won on Qatar Road.

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