Richard Hughes grateful for spare ride after seven Windsor wins
Jockey Richard Hughes says he is grateful for a late spare ride which helped him to a record-equalling seven wins at one meeting.
Hughes claimed seven winners from eight races at Windsor on Monday at combined odds of 10,168-1.
His final win came on Mama Quilla, who was initially set to be ridden by Ryan Moore before he was stood down.
Magnificent Seven for Hughes
- 1400: Pivotal Moment 13-8jf Won
- 1430: East Texas Red (5-2f) Won
- 1505: Embankment 7-1 Won
- 1535: Magic Secret (4-1f) Won
- 1610: Links Drive Lady (5-2f) Won
- 1640: Ever Fortune (2-1f) Third
- 1710: Duke of Clarence 7-4 f Won
- 1740: Mama Quilla 15-8f Won
*All times BST
"No-one likes giving up a winner, it was all systems go once he came off," Hughes told BBC Sport.
The Irishman followed up his seven-timer with a double at Leicester on Tuesday. Victories aboard 2-1 second favourite Van Der Neer and 10-11 favourite Tunnager Grove meant he had been victorious in nine of his last 10 races.
On Monday, Hughes became only the second jockey in history to ride seven winners at a British meeting, following Frankie Dettori who famously went through the card at Ascot in 1996.
The 39-year-old Irishman won the first five races at Windsor, then finished third in the next before two more victories.
Hughes had initially been without a ride in the eighth race, and it was only after the fifth contest that he was booked as a substitute for Moore in the concluding event.
He said Moore felt tired after returning from a race meeting in Canada. The jockey was signed off by a doctor, but the grounds for his absence were not given because of "medical confidentiality".
"He said after the fifth race that he had flown back from Canada the night before and asked the trainer William Haggas if he could get off," said Hughes.
The seven-timer caps a triumphant end to the year for Hughes, who will be crowned champion Flat jockey for the first time next month.
Hughes went to a local pub near his Wiltshire home to celebrate his winning spree, but did not have any alcohol. He has been dry for more than seven years after admitting to a drink problem.
"When I was drinking, I wouldn't have appreciated it like I did yesterday. It was a big thrill. Now I don't need to drink to be happy," he said.