Brian Hughes receives Champion Jump Jockey trophy in surprise visit

News | 24th July 2020

2019/20 Champion Jump Jockey Brian Hughes has received his first-ever Champion Jump Jockey trophy in a surprise delivery.

Hughes received his trophy earlier today from Sky Sports Racing presenter and former jump jockey, Mick Fitzgerald.

Hughes secured his maiden Jockeys’ Championship after the 2019/20 season was brought to an early finish due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 34-year-old established a commanding lead in the title race ending the season with 141 wins.

19 victories ahead of four-time Champion Jump Jockey Richard Johnson – therefore becoming the first Northern-based jockey to win the title in 40 years.

Brian Hughes said: “It’s great to get my hands on the trophy, I was gobsmacked when I saw Mick Fitzgerald at my door with the trophy, I didn’t expect it at all.”

“I had a fantastic season last year, it is a dream come true to be Champion Jump Jockey and I cannot thank all the trainers, owners, stable staff and my family who have continued to support me.”

“I will be doing all I can to keep my hands on the trophy this season.”

The traditional end of season Championship finale at Sandown Park Racecourse was cancelled because of coronavirus and lockdown and workplace restrictions have delayed the engraving and delivery of the trophy.

However, plans are being made for Hughes, Champion Conditional Jockey Jonjo O’Neill Jnr, Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson and Champion Owner JP McManus to be formally presented with their trophies and celebrated at Sandown Park Racecourse later in the autumn.