Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Richard's Warm-Up for Busy Weekend

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Richard's Warm-Up for Busy Weekend

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RICHARD Hughes had a successful dry run of Haydock's six-furlong track ahead of an important engagement this weekend.

In a clear statement of intent to chase down Ryan Moore's advantage and defend his championship title, the Irishman competed throughout the afternoon at the Warrington course before flying off for further rides at Kempton.

Today Hughes is back at Haydock reuniting with Sole Power, who looks for his first victory beyond the minimum distance of five furlongs in the Group One Betfred Sprint Cup, and there perhaps was not the pressure aboard 1-3 favourite Mistrusting in the Betfred Thwaites EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Charlie Appleby's Mistrusting had finished second to subsequent Goodwood Group winner Malabar in a maiden at Ascot and was driven out to land the odds by three-quarters of a length from Tropicana Bay.

"They all count. I'm enjoying it and if I had 20 rides I'd not be complaining," said Hughes. "In hindsight I'd have buried her and got the lead, she was idling a bit, I felt her pulling up as another horse came along. …

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