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Hughes hot favourite for jockeys' title race

THE Flat jockeys' championships on both sides of the Irish Sea continue to gather momentum and yesterday saw Richard Hughes leapfrog Ryan Moore at the head of the betting for the British title.

Hughes continues his quest to win a first championship after coming close in recent years and after a double on Monday night, Hughes was cut to even money with William Hill's before that price was snatched up and he was cut further to 10/11 yesterday evening.

That support saw Ryan Moore pushed out to 11/10, while William Buick is a 6/1 shot despite having a terrific season in his own right.

Hughes trailed Moore by nine before today's racing but still headed the betting and with the Richard Hannon team in flying form at the moment, the Irish rider certainly has the momentum going into Glorious Goodwood next week.

Meanwhile, the battle for the Irish crown sees Joseph O'Brien (pictured) lead multiple champion Pat Smullen by two with Wayne Lordan still pushing the top duo on 40, just one behind Smullen, and Johnny Murtagh a further two behind him but still firmly in reach of those ahead of him.