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Brian Hughes wins champion jockey title for the first time

  • Hughes had 141 wins to his name when the jumps season was brought to an end in March
  • 34-year-old takes the title from four-time winner Richard Johnson
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Brian Hughes said he had fulfilled a dream by becoming Britain's champion jumps jockey for the first time.

The British Horseracing Authority confirmed the final standings on Monday, with Hughes dethroning Richard Johnson.

Hughes, 34, had recorded 141 winners to Johnson's 122 when horse racing in the UK was suspended following last month's Cheltenham Festival.

He becomes just the third rider in a quarter of a century to be crowned champion in Britain, following Sir AP McCoy's amazing run of 20 titles in a row, and Johnson's four-year winning sequence.

Prior to first winning the title in 2016, Johnson had finished runner-up to McCoy on no fewer than 16 occasions.

"It has always been a dream of mine to become champion Jockey, so to have finally achieved it is fantastic, especially when you look at the calibre of riders who have won it before me, including Tony McCoy," Hughes told Great British Racing.

"It is obviously a little disappointing that we haven't been able to see out the season as we were all looking forward to that.

"There were some big race days to look forward to but current circumstances are out of all our hands and racing is no different."

The County Armagh man, who now lives in the north east of England, added: "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."

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