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Hughes reflects on champion jockey announcementPosted on Tuesday 7th April 2020 @ 08.37

Brian Hughes says it was a "bit of an anti-climax" to hear he'd been named champion jumps jockey with the season unfinished.

The 34-year-old was officially named the new champion on Monday, winning the accolade for the first time, and succeeding four-time winner Richard Johnson.

Hughes had won 141 races, while Johnson was runner-up with 122 when the season was halted last month and, with no prospect of jumps racing returning until July at the earliest, the decision was made to name Hughes as top jockey.

With the coronavirus pandemic gripping the world and affecting global sport, the Teesside-based rider has been handed the award in unusual circumstances but he was still pleased to be recognised for his considerable efforts this season.

He said: "Perhaps it has been a little bit of an anti-climax in the way the official news has come but it is what it is and I am still very proud.

"I've had such great support from back home too, I know how much it means to everybody and they have been fantastic for many years.

"I can't wait to get back out riding again. It looks like it might be July now but we will just have to be patient."

Meanwhile, Jonjo O'Neill junior, with 61 wins, was named top conditional rider, Nicky Henderson won the trainers' championship for the sixth time and JP McManus was the leading racehorse owner.

Article Posted on Tuesday 7th April 2020 @ 08.37

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