Hughes' magnificent seven
Richard Hughes has admitted that it would have taken something special to have beaten him in the final race at Windsor on Monday.
The champion jockey-elect had already ridden six out of the available seven winners on the card and was a late replacement for Ryan Moore on Mama Quilla in the skybet.com Handicap.
Sent off the 15-8 favourite, Hughes' mount came under pressure early in the straight but the jockey was not to be denied and punched his mount out to win by two-and-a-quarter lengths.
Having missed nearly the first month of the new season due to a ban he incurred riding in India, Hughes has been in irresistible form and is almost assured of a first title.
He told Radio 4: "To be honest, I thought I would have a good day but you never think you will possibly ride seven winners in a day. Two or three or even four would be a great day, but seven was unbelievable.
"I'm proud he (Harvey, Hughes' son) can say I rode seven winners in a day.
"I was actually quite serene (in the last race). If it's not for me, I'm not going to do it, you know? If I do it, I do it so I was actually quite relaxed about the whole thing.
"It would have taken a good horse to get by me on the last one inside the furlong pole.
"I'm in a great position (in the title race), I'm nearly there. It's been a long, tough year but well worth it."