Meet Barry McHugh - Beverley Racecourse Sponsored Jockey
2017 sees us resurrect our jockey sponsorship once more and we are delighted to announce our sponsorship for the next year of Malton based jockey Barry McHugh. Here's the lowdown on the Irish lad who came to Malton at 16 years old to be apprentice to Richard Fahey, and never looked back.
Min weight: 8"5. Wins: 10. Rides: 148 Strike rate 7% Win prize £169,300 Total prize £227,729
Freelance. Rides out for Richard Fahey, Tony Coyle and Marjorie Fife
Where did you grow up & did horses feature from a young age?
Not at all, I was born in a town in Northern Ireland called Dungannon and had very little to do with horses until I went to the Apprentice School (similar to the racing schools at Doncaster and Newmarket) at Kildare. My dad liked the horses so I always had an interest. I left Ireland at 16 and came to Malton to work as apprentice from Richard Fahey, and been here ever since.
Can you remember your first race?
Only that it was 1999 and it was at Pontefract - I didn't win but I can't remember much about the horse now.
Were you nervous at all?
Not at that age!
What's your greatest achievement so far?
It's got to be the win on Brae Hill in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket. There were 30 runners, I was drawn stall 2 and Richard (Fahey) and I decided to just stay stand side to avoid wasting energy going across to them. We came up next to the stands, completely on our own and he won by a couple of lengths. It was absolutely fantastic
What horse past or present would you most like to take the ride on?
Oh…it's got to be Sea the Stars in the Arc in 2009.
What do you do in your spare time?
What spare time!? I like to do something completely apart from the racing world, hear about what other people are up to outside. I just like to go to the Derwent Arms for a drink.
How do you keep yourself fit and well?
I consider myself quite lucky on that score, I don't struggle too much and don't hit the gym too hard or anything like that. The riding out and racing keeps you in good shape for the job.
Who's the best crack in the weighing room?
The valets are massive characters. They've been around a long time, you know? So they always have some good stories to tell.
Which other jockey do you most admire?
Richard Hughes. I know he's not riding now but he's so stylish. I always liked to watch him.
Watch out for Barry's monthly column on the website, coming soon.