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Longshot win for Hughes


JUSTIN MARVILLE

Longshot win for Hughes

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Remember the name, Rasheed Hughes! From unheralded apprentice to champion jockey, horse racing came full circle yesterday for the ace 22-year-old after he broke through for his first Sandy Lane Gold Cup.

“This is the greatest day of my life. This is history right here, so when anyone talks about the Gold Cup, I hope my name will be mentioned as well,” said an ecstatic Hughes after riding 14-1 longshot Celestial Storm to victory.

“It feels good and it’s a big achievement as this is every jockey from Barbados’ dream.

“I’m from Long Gap, and coming up, it was a bit tough in terms of the racing because there were a lot of hot apprentices then. So things weren’t going as well for me.

“So, I took a trip to Canada, but unfortunately, I had a bad fall and broke my femur in 2015.

“So, I was out from, like August until February, and then it was a hard fight back for me,” he explained. (JM)

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