Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Another Magnificent Seven

Richard Hughes achieves a “Magnificent Seven”


On the 28th September 1996, Frankie Dettori, at odds of 20,095-1 rode seven winners on seven horses in the seven races of the day at Ascot. His achievement cost the betting industry some £40 million and became known as the “Magnificent Seven.” Dettori even named his Chelsea restaurant, Sette, after it. One punter, a plumber from Morecambe named Darren Yates won £550,000 on a stake of £67.58 and forever more this will be recalled as a moment in racing history.


Richard Hughes celebrates 7 wins from 8 at Windsor yesterday at odds of 10,168-1

Frankie Dettori celebrates his “Magnificent Seven” in September 1996

Yesterday, another jockey, Richard Hughes, at odds of 10,168-1, rode seven winners in eight races at Windsor.


Of his success, Hughes, who has ridden 161 winners this season, commented:


“I’m over the moon. It’s great to do it… Windsor is my lucky track, and this is a great day… What a thrill. This is a great day.”


Unlike with Dettori’s “Magnificent Seven,” the bookies were relatively happy too. Kate Miller, a spokesperson for William Hill stated:


“That was probably the cheapest seven-timer ever for the bookies…  The last time a high-profile jockey rode a big seven-timer it cost us £7million, so we’re very grateful that Richard timed his on a quiet Monday. We’ll pay out around £100,000 but the figure could easily have been 10 times that if he’d chosen this Saturday instead.”


Frankie Dettori and Richard Hughes at Sette in Chelsea with A. P. McCoy, Ryan Moore and friends

All at The Steeple Times raise a glass to Mr Hammond on his brilliant achievement.


Sette, 4 Sydney Street, London, SW3 6PP. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7352 3435. Website: http://www.sette-restaurant.com


Follow Richard Hughes on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/hughesiejockey

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