Brian Hughes, the 2014 winner, recalimed the Cartmel Jockeys Challenge, sponsored by the Swan Hotel & Spa, Newby Bridge, when he held off the threats posed by Henry Brooke and Richard Johnson on the final day of competition.
Hughes had gone into the last day of competition with a four points lead over Brooke and Johnson still not out of it, though with 10 points to make up, with plenty to do.
Once Johnson made the best possible start to the day by winning on John Monash with Brooke second on Mondlicht and Hughes only third on the odds-on favourite Bellany Knight is had suddenly started to look slightly hairy for the leader, but nerves were settled with a win on Endeavor and that settled it.
Hughes, the only one of the three leaders to have ridden at all nine Cartmel meetings this season, had taken over the lead in midsummer when early leader Johnson missed three meetings and dropped 10 points off the pace andwas able to maintain the advantage right through to the end.
The three leaders finished well clear of the rest of the field head by Will Kennedy from Brian Harding with James Cowley's good season, which included a last race winner with Perfect Poison taking him into sixth place.
2016 FINAL TABLE
2008 - Richie McGrath
2009 - Graham Lee
2010 - Graham Lee
2011 - Jason Maguire
2012 - Jason Maguire
2013 - Jason Maguire
2014 - Brian Hughes
2015 - Richard Johnson
2016 - Brian Hughes