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VBET ambassador Brian Hughes heads to Kempton on Boxing Day as the champion jockey gets the leg-up aboard Waiting Patiently.
Brian won the Grade 1 Ascot Chase aboard Ruth Jefferson’s nine-year-old in February 2018, with the classy chaser a 16/1 chance with VBET for one of the biggest races of the season.
“It’s obviously a good race. There’s the likes of Cyrname and Clan Des Obeaux, who has won the last two King Georges, and lots of other very talented horses.
“But he’s in really good form at home. He hasn’t run since last December, but that’s never been a barrier for him before and he’s always done well after a long-lay off.
“I’ve had three away-days with him and he’s schooled really well each time. Ruth is really happy with him and he’s as fit as you can physically get him at home.
WOW! Waiting Patiently wins the big one in the Betfair Ascot Chase.
— ITV Racing (@itvracing) February 17, 2018
“He’s always been the forgotten horse, probably because he’s not trained by a big southern yard, but that suits us nicely as we can just sneak in there under the radar.
“The big question is whether he’ll stay. I guess the fact is that no-one really knows, but he got two (miles) five (furlongs) at a track like Ascot so that has to give you confidence.
“Everything’s gone well and we’re hoping he can run a huge race.”
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) December 22, 2020
“Looking back at the week, it was a great honour to win Jump Jockey of the Year at the Lesters this weeks.
“I was delighted to receive the award and it means a great deal to me as the votes came from my fellow jockeys.
“I’m very thankful for everyone who voted for me.
“They’re hard to come by, these awards, so I’m very grateful.
“Merry Christmas everyone and have a very happy new year!”
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