Hughes to ride The Last Samuri

Brian Hughes is looking forward to riding Grand National runner-up The Last Samuri in Saturday's Betfred Becher Chase at Aintree.

Brian Hughes has picked up the spare ride on The Last Samuri

Hughes has taken November by storm andridden over 30 winners in the calendar month, and a victory over the National fences would crown an unbelievable few weeks.

Trained by Kim Bailey, The Last Samuri was beaten only by Rule The World in April and was fifth of seven behind Valseur Lido on his return in the Champion Chase at Down Royal.

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With stable jockey David Bass choosing to ride Charbel at Sandown instead, Bailey moved to secure the services of Hughes.

"I'm very much looking forward to it," said Hughes.

"I won the Topham on Always Waining for Peter Bowen, he was a grand little horse who came alive around there. I then got off him to ride Frankie Figg and he won a couple more!

"I've had a few good spins around there and I'm really looking forward to another one."

The Last Samuri is a 12/1 chance for the Becher Chase with Sky Bet.

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