HUGHES was accompanied by his son, Harvey, to the podium to receive his trophy, after which the champagne flowed and he was hoisted on the shoulders of his weighing-room colleagues.
Hughes, who also had his wife, Lizzie, father and top trainer, Dessie Hughes, and his mother, Eileen, in attendance, said: "I worked really hard in September and it paid off.
"If I had to single out one day it would have to be at Windsor when I had those seven winners - I had the title tied up by then.
"I won't hand it (the title) over too easy, it's a privilege to be champion and I'll go again."
Amy Ryan broke new ground as she became the first female rider to win the champion apprentice title outright, something not even Hayley Turner managed.
John Gosden landed a first trainers' title, with Godolphin named top owners.