Richard Hughes

by Stable Lad



I do hope that you enjoyed my little delve into a few of the many facets that are associated with the gambling world of racing, and trust that I did not touch any kind of nerve in your make-up.


Just to clear up on one or two of the points I was trying to get across, the gambling that I’m referring to is the daily grind that is one’s lot, going to the betting shop each day trying to pick up a few schillanes to tide oneself over, and does not in any way have anything to do with a punter “having his house”, so to speak, on the outcome of one particular race or game.



This sort of wagering, as common sense would tell us, is strictly for the very rich fortunate people, who can afford to lose on a big bet now and then.



As we all know, there are lots of other outlets where one could have a gamble, but the area that I am referring to is strictly of the sporting kind, where one can get great enjoyment having a bet, and then savour the sporting contest that caters for it.



We will broach this important subject from time to time, only to remind you that, as one experienced punter told me years ago, “there is only one sure way to double your money, which is, take it out, have a look at it, then fold it, and put it back in your pocket”, which, I suppose is the soundest advice anyone could ever get in the game!



On now to other things, like that flat jockeys championship across the water, where it appears that at last the Gods are smiling on Richard Hughes, for, with just about eight weeks to go, he looks to have a healthy lead on those in the chasing pack.



He is about 20 winners clear of Ryan Moore, who is injured at the moment, and about 25 clear of the third placed aspirant, Silvestre de Sousa, who is also having a decent season. These three have it between them, for both Paul Hanagan and Willie Buick, having very different fish to fry, have gradually fallen off the pace, for this season at any rate.


So, it looks like, fingers crossed, Richard Hughes all the way to the supreme accolade, having gone so close to it winning it many times over the last number of years.



This Saturday the premier meeting is at Haydock Park, so its there we will ply our wares.

Our first problem is the Lucky 15 race, in which the Henry Cecil trained Al Waab has a fighting chance, with the potent danger here coming from whatever Ballydoyle decides to run from their three strong challengers.



On now to the Sprint Cup, in which chances can be made for a few.

I like the look of Bated Breath, who has been running in the highest class.



His party could be spoiled by Strong Suit, also a good horse on his day.

In the other Cup race, look to Lyric Spirit to come good, but will find opposition from Ahzeemah in the last furlong.



In the Handicap, you could take a chance with Aazip, which will be a good price, with Handsome Man for the forecast.

Have a decent weekend,  with a winner or two maybe coming your way.



The Fab Four:

Haydock: 1:45 Al Waab, 3:25 Bated Breath, 4:00 Lyric Spirit, 5:05 Aazip.