Love Island star Chris Hughes saddles up for QIPCO British Champions Day

Chris Hughes joined legendary flat jockey Frankie Dettori at Ascot racecourse as the pair prepared for Britain’s richest race-day – QIPCO British Champions Day 2017, which takes place on Saturday 21st October (tickets still available).

Gloucestershire-born stud Chris, a lifelong horseracing fan, who rode and regularly visited local stables in his teenage years, fulfilled a dream with his ultimate Ascot race-day experience. Chris enjoyed an exciting day at the iconic racecourse, visiting the historic course changing rooms, meeting trainer Michael Bell, weighing himself in on the famous jockey scales as well as taking part in a riding masterclass with Frankie.

Chris Hughes, said: “It was a real honour to meet Frankie Dettori, who has achieved so much in the flat game. We had a bit of fun on the mechanical horse together, but it was such hard work! I wanted to be a jockey when I was younger, I stopped riding at about 15 or 16. It was always my dream but the hardest thing is keeping yourself fit and on the weight limit. Kem, from Love Island, would probably make a good jockey, because of his height!”

Speaking about QIPCO British Champions Day, Chris said: “A day at the races has something for everyone. You can eat good food, drink good drink, surround yourself with good people. It’s just a great atmosphere, everyone’s coming for the same reason. Dress smart, get a nice suit. When you look smart, you feel good and your whole day is better in my opinion. There’s few things that are better than a day’s racing.”

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