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Ulster ace Brian Hughes' stunning hat-trick at Sedgefield

By Frank Brownlow

Published 25/11/2015

Others in shade: Brian Hughes had a treble at Sedgefield
Others in shade: Brian Hughes had a treble at Sedgefield

Ulster jockey Brian Hughes rode a stunning 572-1 treble at Sedgefield. Hughes was successful on Beaumont's Party, Retrieve The Stick and, in the concluding race, Storm Forecast.

That takes Hughes to 56 winners for the season and sees him in a group of riders chasing runaway jockeys championship leader Richard Johnson.

Johnson was runner-up to now-retired Ulster great AP McCoy in the title race 15 times and few would begrudge him a first ever championship.

Willie Mullins appears to hold all the aces with four strong entries among a list of eight for Sunday's Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

The Closutton handler has Grade Three winners Bachasson and Long Dog in contention, as well as novice scorers Gangster and Thomas Hobson.

Eoin Griffin could be represented by Archive, a winner at Galway last month, while Gordon Elliott has Roman Gold, successful at Thurles and Clonmel.

Mouse Morris is considering the Grade One contest for Baily Cloud, who is on a hat-trick thanks to victories at Galway and Gowran last month.

Noel Meade looks to Gunnery Sergeant, who fell at the second-last flight when holding every chance on his hurdling debut at Gowran at the weekend in a race won by the Mullins-trained American Tom.

Leading RSA Chase contender No More Heroes is one of nine entries in Sunday's Bar One Racing Drinmore Novices Chase at Fairyhouse.

This year's Albert Bartlett Hurdle third is one of three possible runners in the Grade One event for trainer Gordon Elliott, who last won the race with Don Cossack in 2013.

No More Heroes, a winner on his chasing debut at Punchestown last month, could be joined by stablemates Free Expression and Captain Von Trappe.

The progressive Shantou Flyer features for Colin Bowe, while last year's winning trainer Willie Mullins has entered only Outlander.

Sandra Hughes has left in All Hell Let Loose and Sub Lieutenant, while Noel Meade is represented by talented hurdler Monksland.

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