It is this week that will be a special week for a person that is well known in the Horse Racing world, that has had many successful careers, many trophies and ups and downs that made him a better racer, it is the week of Richard Hughes. This guy will secure his place in the Hall of legends after astonishing 27 years of being part in the horse racing world with three wonderful flat titles won in them. His last game will be the Goodwood that will put an end on his career.
The 42 years old jockey will be returning to the Horse racing world after only a few months break, but this time in the coach seat, and will try to write the next chapter of a book that is written over two millennia.
When it comes back to his racing career, his trainer had so many good words to say, adding that he was doing better than anyone expected. He was fit and stronger than before. There are rare numbers of horses that could go from an eight months therapy and injury strait to the racing grounds of a major tournament and race. The whole team is looking above him and they are hoping for the greatest comeback in modern history of Horse Racing.
One thing that set Richard Hughes off the racing tracks was an injury that he received in a race that took place in the Donn Handicap called Eclipse Award held in April 2014 after a collision with the inner wall in the second lap of the race. His whole family and friends were with him, but the team unfortunately said that it took the legend more time to recover then they and the doctors predicted, and that was a blow and a crucial hit for Richard, and certainly played a major role in the decision he made to leave the horse racing world as a racer and to come back as a trainer.
Only one that has same number of trophies as Richard in the Hal’s Hope is Chatain who had 2007 and 2008 trophies in his stands, but he is not in the race to cause any problems to the returner on the racing ground.
Not only the injury, but several other happenings that were part of his life played a major role in his decision, like his family, his age of 42 off which the best horse racers put their careers to an end and many other factors that played a major role in his decision.
He will now focus on the trainer role and he expects to have few rough years until he gets his grip on the whole new situation.
Let’s wish him a successful career as a coach, and many trophies for him and his racers.