2016 Brian Hughes
2015 Richard Johnson
2014 Brian Hughes
2013 Jason Maguire
2012 Jason Maguire
2011 Graham Lee
2010 Graham Lee
2009 Graham Lee
2008 Richie McGrath
Richard Johnson was the big mover on the opening day of the Barbecue Meeting on Saturday when he collected 11 points to move into joint third alongside Will Kennedy overall – and with a bit of luck it could have been even better.
Johnson finally got his reward for some fine rides when Don Franco took the BBQ Shop At Hayes Garden World Handicap Chase, a success which trainer Stuart Crawford said was entirely down to the jockey, but the champ also had to suffer four second places.
However, despite that haul, it barely made a dent in the lead which Brian Hughes has over the pack as the defending champion rattled up another five points with a winner and two thirds to extend his lead in this year’s Cartmel Jockeys Challenge, sponsored by the Swan Hotel & Spa, Newby Bridge.
Second placed Henry Brooke drew a blank for just the second time this season to remain on 18 points and while he retains second place, three points ahead of Johnson and Kennedy, he is now a significant 23 points behind the leader, the equivalent of seven winners and a second.
So it looks as though Hughes will win again, the third time in four years, with the race now on for the minor places and while Brooke, Johnson and Kennedy are the most likely contenders, just behind them Charlotte Jones is sneaking into contention.
Having ridden her first ever winner in May, Charlotte made it two out of two on Lough Kent when winning the richest race of the day at the June meeting and on Saturday she partnered Altruism to win the most valuable race of Cartmel’s season, the £27,000 Totepool Cumbria Crystal Cup Handicap Hurdle.
The win, plus a second on Lough Kent in the Banks Lyon Jewellers Lady Jockeys Handicap Hurdle took Charlotte on to 11 points and fifth place overall, a point ahead of Sean Quinlan, who picked up another win on Brother Scott in the Champagne Louis Roederer Handicap Chase.
The table after six days is:-