Racing: Hughes hits treble form

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Richard Hughes was the jockey in form at Nottingham yesterday with a 21-1 treble on Three Valleys, Ten Carat and Non Ultra.

The Irishman got off the mark with Three Valleys, who made a pleasing start to his career in the novice stakes. "Richard said he didn't like the ground," Tom Grantham, representing the trainer, Roger Charlton, said. "So it was a good performance."

Regular runner-up Rahaf again had to settle for minor honours as Hughes got Ten Carat home by a head in maiden stakes. The pair fought a hard battle after Royston Ffrench had taken Rahaf to the front three out. But Hughes always had the leader in his sights and timed his run to perfection, grabbing the lead as the pair passed the post.

Non Ultra completed an across-the-card double for Brian Meehan following Sun On The Sea's win at Newbury.