Brian Hughes Claims 1,000th Winner

Brian Hughes Claims 1,000th Winner

Brian Hughes added his name to the most elite jockeys in racing, by riding his 1000th winner at Wetherby on Friday.

The 33-year-old could have completed the feat over Christmas, but for some desperate misfortune - including beating dislodged aboard Waiting Patiently in the King George at Kempton.

However Hughes - now the north's most successful rider, only had to wait four days inside the New Year to reach the milestone, and celebrated in style by landing a 35/1 treble at Newcastle on the Saturday.

(Credit: Racing Post) He said: "Riding 1,000 winners obviously means a lot, it's a target you set yourself.

"When you've got AP McCoy riding 4,000 winners and Richard Johnson riding 3,500 it seems very insignificant but it's a decent enough milestone for me.

"My agent Richard Hale is brilliant; he gets me on the right horses and I hope I can add a few more. Thankfully, I pick rides up for every stable in the north near enough," he said.

Hughes reached the landmark with victory on the mare - My Old Gold, in the Join Racing TV Now Class 3 Handicap Chase at the Yorkshire venue, also passing a century of winners for the fifth season in a row in the process.

Top Ten Current Jump Jockeys

Richard Johnson 3,580

Ruby Walsh 2,732 

Barry Geraghty 1,870 

Davy Russell 1,389

Noel Fehily 1,342 

Tom Scudamore 1,234 

Paddy Brennan 1,162 

Graham Lee 1,006

Brian Hughes 1,003

Aidan Coleman 962