Hot Hughes loses winner due to hole in weight cloth

Brian Hughes: hole in a weight cloth cost him a winner

PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos) Hughes loses winner due to hole in weight cloth By David Baxter 3:40PM 13 DEC 2016

BRIAN HUGHES has been weighing in with lots of winners in recent months, but a hole in his weight cloth cost him another as he was disqualified for weighing in light at Catterick on Tuesday.

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Hughes had successfully partnered Brian Boranha to victory in the 3m1½f handicap hurdle, but returned with 2lb less lead in his saddle than when weighing out.

The reason Hughes weighed in at 11st 10lb instead of 11st 12lb was quickly discovered, with the lead falling out of a hole in the bottom of the weight cloth.

Peter Niven, trainer of Brian Boranha, said: "There was a hole in the lead cloth. There's four panels and Brian's quite light so he had loads of lead. There were two or three [pieces of lead] in three panels but there was nothing in the back one, and they'd always spread them evenly."

The stewards accepted that the missing weight was accidental as the weight cloth had appeared in a "serviceable condition" prior to the race.

As a result of Brian Boranha's disqualification, Snapping Turtle, who had originally finished a half-length runner-up, was awarded the race.

The afternoon was not devoid of winners for Hughes as he took the 2m3½f novices' hurdle on Master Of Irony.

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