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Hughes races to magnificent seven

By Keith Hamer

Richard Hughes said he was “over the moon” after the on-song rider secured a remarkable 10,168-1 seven-timer at Windsor.

The champion jockey-elect gave a hint of what was to come when he won the first two races on the eight-race card for his father-in-law Richard Hannon.

Pivotal Movement (13-8 joint-favourite) landed the EBF Joe Ward Hill Memorial Maiden Stakes, after which East Texas Red (5-2 favourite) claimed the davisbakerycaribbean.com Nursery. Hughes then donned the famous Khalid Abdullah silks for Amanda Perrett's Embankment (7-1) in the Ladbrokes Game On! Maiden Stakes.

The most impressive winner, though, was the Jeremy Gask-trained Magic Street (4-1 favourite), who streaked to a five-length win in division one of the Ladbrokes Mobile Handicap.

The afternoon got even better for Hughes when Links Drive Lady made it five out of five for the rider in division two.

Although he was out of fortune when Ever Fortune finished third in the eight-and-a-half-furlong handicap, normal business was resumed 30 minutes later when the Hannon-trained Duke Of Clarence (7-4 favourite) outbattled Sheila's Buddy in the Bet In Play With Ladbrokes Handicap.

Mama Quilla then put the seal on an unforgettable afternoon for Hughes when William Haggas' filly won the concluding skybet.com Handicap.

The jockey was a late substitute for intended rider Ryan Moore and powered two and a quarter lengths clear of Viola Da Gamba to justify 15-8 favouritism.

He said: “I'm over the moon — it's great to do it. I always said I might do it one day at Windsor, my lucky track.

“Without Richard Hannon I wouldn't be doing any of it.

“Every day my kid, Harvey, says, ‘How many winners today? Six or seven?’. I tell him I won't ride that many, but I have today.

“It's been one thing after another this year and I owe a lot of thanks to a lot of people, especially my agent, Tony Hind.

“Ryan was looking a bit pasty but he's one of my greatest friends as well, so that's what a gentleman he is. What a thrill. This is a great day.”

Most bookmakers were thankful the seven-timer was not achieved on a Saturday.

“That was probably the cheapest seven-timer ever for the bookies,” said William Hill’s Kate Miller.

“The last time a high-profile jockey rode a big seven-timer it cost us £7m, so we're very grateful that Richard timed his on a quiet Monday.”

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