Brian Hughes lands superb 899-1 five-timer

Brian Hughes: "everything has clicked into place for me"

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By Michael Robson 4:40PM 14 NOV 2016

BRIAN HUGHES was in scintillating form as he secured a fabulous 899-1 five-timer at Musselburgh on Monday.

The jockey reeled off victories in the first four races on the well-backed quartet Mitcd, Thankyou Very Much, Mondlicht and Blue Kascade then landed the final event with Smart Ruler.

For good measure Hughes was also runner-up in two of the other races on the card.

Hughes, 29, is riding with great aplomb and confidence but does not believe he is doing anything differently and modestly gave plenty of credit to agent Richard Hales for his hot streak of form.

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"Nobody can do it without the right material. The leading Formula One drivers are at the top because they are in the best cars," he said.

"My agent is doing a tremendous job. He puts me on the right horses and then it's up to me to do the rest.

"You also need a lot of luck and everything has just clicked into place for me in the last few weeks.

"It's the first time I've had a five-timer. I thought I had good chances in the first couple of races but I never expected anything like this."

Champion material?

Hughes has topped the century for the last two seasons and with 57 wins this season is well on course to surpass his previous best tally of 106.

After Monday he sits fourth in the Stobart-sponsored jockeys' championship with 57 wins, behind Aidan Coleman, Sam Twiston-Davies and runaway leader Richard Johnson, who has 102 wins.

However, Hughes played down the idea he might bid to top the table in the future, adding: "I am not thinking I could be challenging to be champion jockey one day. I am not sure I would ever have enough rides to be able to do that."

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