Hughes targets double ton after Alamo win
Richard Hughes will have to wait to bring up his first double century after moving to within one of the magic number aboard The Alamo at Windsor.
A second consecutive title looks secure, unless Ryan Moore can launch an astonishing recovery to make up the deficit of 16, and Hughes moves on to Lingfield today as he seeks to become the first jockey to make 200 in a season since Kieren Fallon 10 years ago.
Most of the Irishman's other rides finished nearer last than first, but he managed to coax the best out of 2-1 favourite The Alamo, who was slowly away and some way adrift of Richard Hannon-trained stablemate Midnight Rambler with a couple of furlongs of the R J Clyde Builders Nursery remaining.
However, The Alamo picked up nicely and beat the other Hannon runner by a length and a half.
"He goes in that ground, which is always going to give you a chance," said Hughes.
Rioja Day (6-1) gave connections something to toast by winning at the 13th attempt in division one of the Celebrating Gibbo's Stag Handicap.
Trainer John Hills said: "He has been knocking on the door on a few occasions and I think the soft ground has helped his cause.
"He's in the sales next week, and it's nice that he has won at the right time."
It was also celebration time in division two for comeback boy Ned Curtis, who steered his father Roger's ex-German Collodi (16-1) to a clear-cut success.
"I've been off for eight weeks with a broken wrist and that's my second ride back," said Curtis Jnr.
"He had form in soft ground in Germany and had dropped down to a 0-70 so it wasn't a huge surprise."
Dazza (8-1) found her level to record the first victory of her career in the World Horse Welfare Median Auction Maiden Stakes, forging three lengths clear up the far rail for Fergus Sweeney.
Hayley Moore, daughter of trainer Gary, said: "She was just green first time at Lingfield and probably didn't stay the trip at Wolverhampton."