Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Hughes wins on Ask Jenny at Bath

Pat Morris heaped praise on Richard Hughes after the in-form jockey landed a last-gasp win on Ask Jenny at Bath.

Hughes has a tremendous strike-rate for the Cheshire trainer and showed he was not resting on his laurels following his success on Dick Turpin in the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly on Sunday.

Hughes timed his run to perfection on Ask Jenny (8-1) in the Noble Locks Handicap, as it was only in the final stride the mare snatched the spoils by a nose from Volito.

Ask Jenny was Morris' only runner of the day and the eight-year-old was making a quick reappearance after competing at Haydock on Friday.

“Richard Hughes is my favourite rider. He's ridden a lot of winners for us and he was keen to ride her,” said the Cheshire-based handler.

“That pushed us towards running her because he's worth a few pounds to any horse.

“His strike-rate for us over the last few years is unbelievable. He's an absolute genius. He gets every horse to run well, but he's brilliant on moderate horses.

“She'll probably not run for a couple of weeks, I'll give her some time off now.”

Hughes completed a 17-1 double on Home Advantage in the Wessex Grid Partnership Handicap.

As the betting suggested, the business end of the four-runner race concerned the two evens joint-favourites, Home Advantage and Comedy Act.

Hughes nabbed first run on the Seb Sanders-ridden rival and made it count as he got Roger Charlton's colt home by two lengths. Neil Callan got in on the double act, to the tune of 53-1, with wins on Stunning In Purple and Under Fire.

Stunning In Purple was finally rewarded for her consistency when getting off the mark in the EBF & Great Western Wine Maiden Stakes.

Placed in her previous five starts, the Andy Haynes-trained two-year-old poked her head in front under an enterprising ride.

Callan had her smartly out of the stalls to grab the far rail and soon controlled the pace.

The 5-1 shot had enough in the tank to hold Fantasy Fry by a length and a quarter.

“I've taken her all around the country to try to win a race and she wins eight miles away from the stable!” said Haynes.

“It's great, but unfortunately the owners couldn't be here. They had to go to a funeral, but hopefully it's put a little smile on their faces.”

Under Fire (8-1) followed up a Lingfield success two weeks earlier by beating Raktiman by a length and a half in the Enpure Handicap.

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