Treble success at Carlisle moves Brian Hughes closer to claiming jump jockeys title from Richard Johnson
- A treble at Carlisle has given Brian Hughes clear lead in jump jockeys title race
- Hughes now leads the injured Richard Johnson by 124-111 in the competition
- Johnson is the reigning champion but broke his arm in a fall at Exeter
Brian Hughes continued to build what he hopes will be an unassailable lead in the jump jockeys title race as a 49-1 treble at Carlisle took him 13 winners clear (124-111) of sidelined reigning champion Richard Johnson.
Johnson is not expected to return to action until shortly before the Cheltenham Festival next month after breaking an arm in a fall at Exeter.
That will leave him with little time for Johnson, who quest has held the title since the retirement of Sir Anthony McCoy, to peg back Hughes who is pursuing his first championship.
Brian Hughes moved closer to winning the jump jockey title this season after treble success
Wins for Hughes at Carlisle came on Donald McCain-trained 8-15 favourite Goobinator in the racingtv.com Novices’ Hurdle, Stuart Crawford-trained Lily’s Gem in tn the EBF Mares’ ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle and James Ewart’s front-running Aristo Du Plessis in the Newbiggin Handicap Hurdle.
Hughes is in action at Sedgefield on Tuesday.
Richard Johnson is the reigning champion but is currently out of action with a broken arm