Stable jockey Brain Hughes was born in South Armagh, Northern Ireland and has been brought up with horses all his life.
Brian graduated from the Racing Academy and rode his first winner for Kevin Prendergast on the flat in 2002. Brian then came over to the UK and was initially based at Howard Johnson's yard in Durham. He rode his first winner over Hurdles at Newcastle for Howard in 2005 and was associated with good horses during his time there, such as Frankie Fig, Back In Focus, Tidal Bay and Prince De Beauchene. Brian has ridden many winners for trainers all over the country since.
Brian is one of the leading National Hunt jockeys in the UK and was Champion Conditional in 2008 with 39 victories. His seasonal record is 65 winners and big race wins include; The Grand Sefton Chase at Aintree with Frankie Figg and The John Smith’s Topham Chase with Always Waining in 2010.
Brian joined us here at James Ewart Racing at the start of the 2011/2012 jump season and travels up to the yard every week to ride work and school the horses being prepared for forthcoming meetings and to educate the youngsters.
Brian’s own thoughts on the horses this season ahead;
ALLOW ME – Grand little horse -good jumper /good ground horse will win over fences/novice chasing -2 ½ m
AIKMAN - Lovely horse- first two runs were very good last season. Ran well over an inadequate trip of 2m – will be a very good staying novice chaser.
AVIDITY – Bumper form is good and solid at Doncaster -should improve further for a hurdle – a very nice prospect.
BISHOP’S HEIR – Jumps well and stays well and goes on most types of ground. Should be very competitive in staying Handicap Chases -might be a Borders National/Eider sort of horse.
CA LE FERRA – Very much looking forward to riding this fella -the strongest and most forward 3yo I have sat on. He stays and jumps well, a future Chaser who will win Bumpers and Hurdles – a very exciting prospect.
CIVIL UNREST – Goes best when fresh needs 2 ½ m on quick ground should win off current mark.
FRONTIER BOY – Handicapped to win now - goes on most ground should win low-rated Handicaps Hurdles/Chase goes well round Sedgefield.
GILNOCKIE – Big strong 5yo should win Bumpers -nice prospect who will win Hurdles – a future Chaser.
HARRY THE LEMMON - Unlucky to come down at Ayr -nice Novice Chase prospect jumps fences well -stays well with a good attitude.
HERON’S MILL – Ran some nice races over Hurdles for a big weak 4 year old. He jumps well and I expect him to be a nice Novice Chaser next year.
KALANISI – Nice mover not overly big should win a Bumper on good ground -nice type.
LETS GET SERIOUS – One of the nicest horses in the yard who has had a few problems hence his being lightly campaigned but jumps and works well and if we can keep him in one piece should win us a nice handicap.
LORD WISHES – Really looking forward to riding this one over fences has always jumped Hurdles like a fence- quiet unlucky over Hurdles but has learned a lot settling in his races now – we have not seen the best of him yet.
MANDARIN SUNSET - Has worked very well all season at home a nice horse who will win over 2m4-3m Novice Handicap Hurdles and a future Chaser.
QUICUYO - A real star the season before last winning 4 times and a nice pot at Doncaster best in 2m-2m3f - Handicap Chases on good ground brilliant jumper who is fun to ride and scopey -tries hard and I hope retains his ability.
ROCKAWANGO - Nice horse -jumps well will be a good Novice Chaser over 2m on good ground.
ROCK DU PRINCE – I have schooled this fella’ at Richard Fahey’s jumps well should be a fun horse over Hurdles- by Shirocco –wants good ground.
SCORPIONS STING - A nice big strong horse -jumps well ran a good race in his Bumper at Newcastle – will be a good prospect over Hurdles and Chase.
SACRE TOI - Great little enthusiastic horse who won four for us- never ran a bad race -can win over Hurdles.
SLEEP IN FIRST- Another star of last season who also won four can win over Hurdles -likes good ground.
SNUKER - I rode him for the first time at Perth coming second should win Novice Handicap Chases this summer on a stiff track.
TRESOR DE L’ISLE – Handicapped to win over fences and stays should win a few this season.
THORLAK - Not seen the best of this horse yet -good looking big horse jumps well should win a Bumper before Hurdling and Chasing.
TOUCH OF STEEL - Good hardy horse - half-brother to Rebel Rebellion who jumps well has done a lot of ground work now ready to go on and do well in Bumpers/Hurdles.
TAX BENEFIT - Won his point in good style- jumps well a nice Novice Chase prospect.
TEO VIVO – Really like this horse - wants good ground -2 ½ miles -should win a Hurdle before Novice Chasing.
TIME OUT - A star for us winning four- holds the track record at Doncaster (2m3f) not overly big but brave as a lion and jumps like a stag can also win over Hurdles.
UNEX CANALETTO - Won well at Kelso for the syndicate - surprised me as he still has some strengthening to do - can win again over Hurdles and will jump a fence.
UN GUET APENS - Unfortunately did not have the rub of the green last season but has done well for a break- filling out and strengthening -an out and out 2-miler will be a very good novice chase prospect.
UEUETEOTL – Unlucky not to win a Hurdle will definitely win one this season now that he has learned to settle- jumps well will make up into a good 2 ½ mile Chaser.
WILDE PASTURES – Won a nice sequence of races last time and could easily improve again-2m-2 ½ miles –a fun horse who should win again.
ZARU - Unlucky to come down at Newcastle now that we have worked out how to ride him and did not end on the best note but will pick up a couple of nice Handicaps this season.
Overall assessment – lots of potential throughout the yard this season and we should hit the 30 winner mark I hope to ride 20+ winners for the stable.
James Ewart - Trainer
Briony Ewart - Assistant Trainer
David Macleod - Head Lad
Charles Marini - Head Lad
Stella Tait - Accounts
Joanne Carruthers - Racing Office Admin
Brian Hughes - Stable Jockey
Dale Irving - Conditional Jockey
Russell Lyndsay- Amateur Jockey
Emma Jones - Head Travelling Lass
David Turnbull - Work Rider
Kirsty Jamieson - Stable Lass
Ryan Cavers - Stable Lad
Josh Duffy - Stable Lad
Tom Forsyth - Stable Lad
Shona Carmichael - Stable Lass
Natalie Moses - Stable Lass
Jamie Gormley - Stable Lad
John Ambrose - Yardsman
Slaw ek Kurt - Yardsman
Scott Reid - Yardsman
Konrad Kuprewicz - Yardsman
Anita Kuprewicz - Yardswoman
Andy Warwick - Gallops Man
Stevie Elwood - Weekend Helper/Away Racing
Graeme Murray - Weekend Helper/Away Racing
David Merry - Farrier
Urs Schaeli & Carolyn Cummins- Cheviot Vet's
Stuart Huggan - Dentist
Francesca Leslie - Physiotherapist (Weekly)
Tex Gamble - Chiropractor
Buffy-Shirley Bevan - Vet