Richard Hughes was born in Ireland on 11 January, 1973, and served his apprenticeship with his father Dessie, a former top-class National Hunt rider who now trains in Co Kildare and won the 2004 and 2005 Champion Hurdles at Cheltenham with Hardy Eustace.
He had his first ride at Naas on 19 March, 1988, when finishing 10th of 15 and enjoyed his first success on Viking Melody at Roscommon that August. He came over to Britain in 1994.
He was appointed as Prince Khalid Abdulla’s retained jockey in 2001 but that association came to an end at the end of 2007. He rides regularly for Richard Hannon, to whose daughter Lizzie he is married.
The 5ft 9in Hughes has, like his father, also ridden winners over jumps but concentrates on the Flat. His biggest successes include the 2004 French 2,000 Guineas on American Post, the 2003 French Oaks on Nebraska Tornado, the 1996 Italian Derby on Bahamian Knight, the 1996 Group One Premio Vittorio di Capua on Mistle Cat, the 2001 Group One Prix d’Ispahan on Observatory, the 2002 Group One French 1,000 Guineas on Zenda.
Hughes had a long-awaited first British Group One success when Oasis Dream landed the 2003 Darley July Cup and he went on to land the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes on the same horse.
Indian Ink gave him a Group One success at Royal Ascot when taking the 2007 Coronation Stakes while this year Paco Boy provided Hughes with one of his four victories at the Royal Meeting in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes.
Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup 2009 – Ireland Team Captain
2009: Previous Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup wins (4): 2002 Bouncing Bowdler, Goldeva, King’s Welcome; 2001 Thundering Surf
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