Soumillon, Forde win jockey awards

 

Racing: Richard Hughes could finish only third as Christophe Soumillon lifted a third International Jockeys' championship in Mauritius.

The French-based rider enjoyed a stellar season in 2008 with the unbeaten Arc winner Zarkava and he was in similarly good form on the Indian Ocean island, winning four of the eight races on the card.

Soumillon said: "I have ridden in this invitational four times and I have won it three times - only Frankie Dettori has beaten me here.

"Now I just have to lose a little bit of weight, but I'm certainly looking forward to Hong Kong."

Hughes rode two winners, the same as Johan Victoire, but the French rider claimed second by virtue of a placed-finish in one of the other races.

"It's great to have ridden a second winner and to finish in third place," said Hughes.

"My trainer was very confident before the race and he wasn't wrong. It was a great experience and I definitely would like to come back."

The weekend meeting also saw the final Fegentri Ladies race on the card - the Prix Fegentri Poncini Draper's Mile - and it was won by Irish-based Nadine Forde, who was also crowned Fegentri World Champion thanks to six winners in 2008.

The 27 year-old, who works at Edward O'Grady's yard in Ireland, said: "I'm delighted to have won as I'm the first Irish girl to be crowned world champion, it's a bit surreal."