Talking Horses: Harry Skelton is crowned champion jumps jockey

By: Greg Wood Friday 23 April 2021

Brian Hughes seemed well placed to defend his title at the turn of the year but his rival’s recent progress has been relentless

Harry Skelton will be officially installed as Britain’s champion jockey over jumps at Sandown on Saturday after the defending champion, Brian Hughes, rode just one winner at Perth on Thursday afternoon, leaving him 10 adrift of Skelton in the title race with just seven booked rides left in the 2020/21 campaign.

Hughes seemed well placed to defend his title at the turn of the year but Skelton’s progress in recent months has been relentless and he grabbed a lead which eventually proved decisive at Southwell on 13 April.

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