Hughes caps memorable month with Jockey of the Month Title
Brian Hughes has been named Stobart Jockey of the Month for January after receiving 36% of the vote ahead of Danny Cook (33%) and Tom Bellamy (31%) in one of the tightest votes in the competition’s history.
The award marks another highlight for the 33-year-old after he reached the 1,000 winner milestone in Great Britain and Ireland with My Old Gold in the Join Racing TV Now Chase at Wetherby Racecourse on 4 January.
Hughes recorded 20 victories from 83 rides at a strike rate of 24% during the month, the most of any jockey in the Stobart Jump Jockeys’ Championship. In doing so, he has closed the gap to Harry Skelton in second-place to 13 winners in the table. Hughes also notched up two trebles during January, at Newcastle on 5 January and at Sedgefield on 11 January.
The Middlesbrough-based jockey was delighted to be crowned Stobart Jockey of the Month for the third time in his career and shows no signs of letting up as he aims to beat his record of winners this season.
“It’s fantastic to win the Stobart Jockey of the Month award. The other two lads that were nominated, Danny and Tom, had really good Januarys as well. I’m delighted and privileged to win once again,” Hughes said.
“I’ve had 125 winners so far this season in the Stobart Jump Jockeys’ Championship so it would be good to ride a few more and beat my tally from the last couple of years, the most winners I’ve had in a season is 144. It would be nice to have another 25 winners and reach another milestone for the first time, 150 winners in a season!
“Hopefully I can do that and have a big winner at the one of the big Festivals in Cheltenham and Aintree.
“I’d love to finish second again in the Stobart Jump Jockeys’ Championship, or even first, but I’m sure Harry (Skelton) would too. I’ve just got my head down like every jockey in the country and working hard to ride as many winners as possible.”
In winning the competition Hughes is awarded £1,000 as well as £500 to donate to a charity of his choice. He selected Racing Welfare as the charity for his donation.