Flat Jockey's Championship Set To Go To The Wire.
With current champion Ryan Moore now a massive forty two winners behind long time leader Paul Hanagan, the 2010 Flat Jockey’s Championship can now safely be regarded as a two horse race.
Richard Fahey’s stable jockey and Richard Hughes are set to do battle over the next seven weeks, and even though Hanagan has a cushion of sixteen at the moment it is highly likely that the title will not be decided until the final week of the season.
With turf evening racing now at an end for this year, winners are going to be that much harder to find, and the end result could well be decided by which of the two are more successful at Kempton and Wolverhampton’s floodlight fixtures.
Hughes pulled two back last night thanks to Sir Lunchalott and Perfect Friend at Wolverhampton, and Richard Hannon’s stable jockey made the long trek to Hamilton today and was rewarded with a winner in the shape of Fujin Dancer.
Not to be outdone, Hanagan was quick to respond when steering home hot favourite Ritual in the final race on the card, taking his tally for the year to 155.
Hanagan will be back at Hamilton tomorrow where his best chance looks to be with Ayr Gold Cup sixth Knot In Wood in the 6f totesport.com Conditions Stakes at 2.40, while Hughes will not be in action again until Folkstone on Tuesday.
Hughes, however, will have a bunch of sexy rides next weekend when Canford Cliffs is likely to be a warm order in Ascot’s Group 1 Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes.
Bookmakers Bet365, who are offering new customers free bets of up to £200, make Hanagan 1/5 to win his first championship, with Hughes a 3/1 shot to pinch the title at the death.