Getting To Know: Brian Hughes, Champion Jockey

Three months after what should have been the end-of-season presentation at the Gold Cup, Brian Hughes has finally lifted the Champion Jockey trophy - at his home in North Yorkshire...
Getting To Know: Brian Hughes, Champion Jockey

GETTING TO KNOW YOU >>

Name

Brian Hughes

Title

National Hunt Jockey

Where is home?

It was County Armagh in Northern Island, but now home is Carlton-in-Cleveland, North Yorkshire.

Three reasons you love where you live?

It’s a beautiful, friendly village. We have been lucky enough to build our own house, so we made it exactly what we wanted. Carlton is a handy village for access to main roads, which is important as I travel a lot with work.

THE DAY JOB >>

What do you do for a living?

To put it simply, I ride race horses over jumps.

A day in the life of you?

A normal day would involve getting up anywhere between 4am and 6am, riding out, then driving to the races for around six rides, then home to watch replays and prepare for the next day’s racing.

Any ongoing or upcoming projects we should know about?

I have just become Champion National Hunt Jockey for the first time, which I am incredibly proud of. The season came to an early end due to COVID-19, so I’m currently spending time at home with my family, which is a great way to celebrate my recent achievements.

After the rest, I’m looking forward to getting back to riding winners and trying to defend my championship.

What does downtime mean to you?

Usually, there’s not much time for downtime, but it’s great to be able enjoy a bit of time off with my wife and children.

LESSONS IN LIFE >>

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A  jockey, always.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

To treat people as you would like to be treated.

What is your greatest fear?

I don’t have any fears for myself, to be honest. Whilst my family are healthy, I’m happy.

Which living person do you most admire most and why?

It would have to be AP McCoy, because he was at the top of his sport for every year of his career, which shows just how dedicated, determined, talented and professional he has been, which hasn’t been reflected in any other sport.

LUXE LIVING >>

What is top of your bucket list?

It was to be Champion Jockey someday, now that I’ve done that, it’s to do it again!

What is your most treasured possession?

My children.

What does the weekend mean to you?

Lots of good racing and to be as busy as possible, hopefully riding winners.

A memorable holiday?

Our honeymoon… four failed landings at Madeira Airport, diverted to Tenerife – spent one night there and then flew home!

Best dress?

I don’t worry too much about what I look like. I’m happiest when riding winners, so I guess that would mean it’s a set of racing silks.

Who would be your top three dinner guests?

Just my wife and close friends. Time spent at home is very valuable, which I’m sure we’ve all learned in recent months. I’m not too bothered about meeting celebrities.

The last place you ate?

My kitchen table, as we’ve not been out and about much recently. During normal life, we rarely eat out as I’m usually too busy on the road, but I do enjoy a steak at Tomahawk Steakhouse in Potto.

The last book you read?

I’m not a big reader, but I did read McCoy’s first autobiography when I was about 16.

The last thing you listened to?

I’m not fussy when it comes to music, but Radio X is my choice of station.

The last thing you watched?

I enjoyed watching Poldark.

And finally, your three luxe things in life?

My wife Luci and my two children, Rory and Olivia.


 

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