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Hughes apologizes to RWITC - By Shailendra Awasthi TNN

Posted on - 10 Dec 2012

Mumbai: Current British champion and one of the leading jockeys in the world, Richard Hughes, has tendered an unconditional apology to the RWITC for making unsavoury remarks against the stewards in his autobiography and on the social media after he was suspended in February earlier this year. 

The RWITC stewards had held Hughes guilty for not following the trainer’s instructions and thereby not allowing his mount, Jacqueline Smile, to run on merit. The stewards had suspended him for 50 days from March 11 to April 29, 2012 and had also fined him Rs 100,000. 
    
In his autobiography, ‘A Weight Off My Mind’, the 39-year-old Irishman had severely criticized the RWITC stewards and had said that riding in India was a nightmare and that he will never come back to the country again. Now, Hughes again wants to return to India, as the Indian Classics are about to start with theBCCL-Procam Indian 1000 Guineas on Dec 16 where Hughes is expected to ride trainer Pesi Shroff’s filly Portia. For this, Hughes needs RWITC’s nod again for the riding license. He had applied for the same last week. 
    
The stewards, in their meeting held last Sunday, asked for an unconditional apology from Hughes, which he mailed on Thursday and admitted that it was wrong on his part to criticize the RWITC. The stewards will consider Hughes’ apology in their meeting on Sunday.

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