Richard Hughes leads Gusto and Lyric Ace to Kempton to victory on 2nd May, 2012

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Richard Hughes leads Gusto and Lyric Ace to Kempton to victory on 2nd May, 2012
Richard Hughes crushed the competition and landed a fantastic victory on the Richard Hannon trained Lyric Ace in the Bet At Conditions Stakes at Kempton on 2nd May, 2012.
The ride on the son of Thousand Words, out of mare, Aces Dancing, was easy enough for him as the young runner raced as a favourite and entered with a winning chance of 4 to 7, and landed 1¾ length ahead of the Mick Channon trained Chilworth Icon.
The jockey returned to the track after a fifty-day ban that was imposed on him in India, a ban that was not reciprocated by the British Horseracing Authority, where he was accused of not following the proper racing instructions.
The winning jockey was immensely pleased with the performance of his horse as he stated that: "One down, 99 more to go!"  He further added that "For a very fast horse he's got a great stride on him, and he was on the wrong leg all the way, so this wasn't
his track."
Richard Hannon junior, the trainer’s son was also delighted with Hughes return and the victory as he stated that: "It's good to have him (Hughes) back, as he knows these two-year-olds before they're even on the track. This is a really nice horse. He's got
to be in the Royal Ascot plans and he might well go over to Ireland next for the Marble Hill Stakes."
This was the second consecutive victory for the two-year-old colt as he previously landed a victory over  Effie B by a distance of 5 lengths in the Bet Toteplacepot Text Tote To 89660 Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Leicester on 13th April, 2012.
Richard Hughes also led the Richard Hannon trained Gusto to victory in the Pavilion Stakes at Kempton on the same day. The three-year-old colt who is owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-Rock Sand raced as a favourite with a
shot of 6 to 4.
Hughes recognised the jockey’s ability and worked well with his ability. The duo bolted through the track and landed ¾ length ahead of the Mark Johnston trained Bannock.



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