Brian Hughes named Stobart Northern Jump Jockey of the Year 2018/19

Brian Hughes was today announced as Stobart Northern Jump Jockey of the Year, following a career best season having secured an impressive 120 victories at Northern-based racecourses.

Hughes, based near Middlesbrough, takes the title for the fourth successive year finishing a huge 65 wins ahead of runner-up Sean Quinlan (55) and ahead of four-time Stobart Champion Jockey Richard Johnson, who has secured 52 wins at Northern-based tracks.

The 33-year-old jockey has enjoyed his career best total 146 wins across the season, 82% of them being at Northern tracks. On riding in the North and being named Northern Jump Jockey of the Year, Hughes, said: “It is fantastic to win the Stobart Northern Jump Jockey title once again. I enjoy riding everywhere, but obviously being based in Middlesbrough, it is a great achievement to have had 120 wins in the North. It has been another brilliant year for me, especially reaching my highest ever total.”

The most notable victory for Hughes this year came at Wetherby Racecourse in January, where he rode his 1,000th career winner aboard My Old Gold.

The opening month of 2019 was a particularly pleasing month for Hughes. He stormed to a treble at Newcastle the day after riding his 1,000th winner, and then followed this with a treble at Sedgefield the following week. This saw Hughes voted Stobart Jockey of the Month for January.

His most successful racecourse this season was Sedgefield where he amounted 22 victories across the year.  At the start of the campaign, Hughes announced a partnership with Cheshire-based trainer, Donald McCain. Something that has paid off with them both enjoying 41 wins together.

Hughes has also recorded his highest amount of prize money – £1.45 million. However earlier this month, he suffered an injury after having a fall at Newcastle and is now chomping at the bit to get back to what he does best. “Unfortunately my season came to an end early due to injury, but I am more determined than ever to continue improving and I am looking forward to hopefully another successful season.”

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