Hughes ends November with another win
An unbelievable November ended with yet another winner for Brian Hughes, who notched up his 31st success of the month on Nortonthorpelegend in the Go Racing In Yorkshire Winter Festival Handicap Chase.
Brian Hughes: Had another winner at Catterick
The highlight of the month was undoubtedly a five-timer at Musselburgh but there have been several other days of note, including a four-timer at Sedgefield and good wins for the likes of Cloudy Dream and Oscar Rock.
His winning run has not gone unnoticed either, as he has picked up the ride on Grand National runner-up The Last Samuri in Saturday's Becher Chase.
"That's my 31st winner, I can't believe how well it's going," said Hughes.
"If someone said December would be half as good, I'd take that.
"It all really started with the rearranged Musselburgh meeting, there were seven races, I got seven rides, had five winners and two seconds.
"My agent, Richard Hale, has been doing an amazing job."
The Rebecca Menzies-trained Nortonthorpelegend (11-8 favourite) had only won eight days ago and is now set for a break.
"He's had three quick runs now and that told in his jumping, he wasn't as clean as he can be," she said.
"We'll give him a break and look after him this year. He's a horse for next year when something like the Borders National will be the aim.
"He's due to go up 9lb so we'll freshen him up and maybe look at the North Yorkshire Grand National back here. I don't think the ground bothers him whatever it is."
Alan King maintained his 100% record at the track when Fidux (9-4 favourite) just got the better off Walshingham Grange in the Injured Jockeys Fund Juvenile Hurdle.
Winning jockey Wayne Hutchinson said: "He toughed it out well in the end.
"He hung right all the way and was a bit gassy, so the steady gallop certainly didn't help.
"Basically nothing has gone right but he's still won.
"Once I let him down in the straight, he's run true so hopefully it's just greenness."
Hutchinson and King had hoped to double up with odds-on favourite Tara View in the Watch Racing UK Anywhere Mares' Novices' Hurdle but she was kicked at the start and withdrawn, leading to a 65 pence in the pound Rule 4 deduction for backers of Miss Maiden Over (6-4), a first Catterick winner for Fergal O'Brien.
King did still land a double when Laissez Dire (5-6 favourite) provided Barry Geraghty with a Catterick winner in the Come Racing New Year's Day Beginners' Chase.