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Newcastle lout Barry Rogerson admits punching Bud the horse but claims the spooked animal "charged at him" during derby rampage

Newcastle lout who punched horse apologises and says he loves animals

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

06:07 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:00 GMT, 17 April 2013

The Newcastle lout who punched a police horse during ugly scenes after the Tyne-Wear derby insisted he was an animal lover who was acting self-defence.

Shamed Barry Rogerson said he was living in fear after his name and address were posted on the internet by animal rights activists.

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Horse boxer: This Newcastle-supporting lout squares up to Bud

Horse boxer: This Newcastle-supporting lout squares up to Bud

I'm an animal lover': Barry Rogerson with his dog who says he panicked when the 'charged' towards him

I'm an animal lover': Barry Rogerson with his dog who says he panicked when the 'charged' towards him

Not horsing around: Bud, the horse that was attacked, pictured in the paddock on Monday

Not horsing around: Bud, the horse that was attacked, pictured in the paddock on Monday

Rogerson was pictured aiming a right
hook at the Shire-cross, named Bud, as Newcastle fans ran amok after
losing 3-0 at home to bitter rivals Sunderland on Sunday.

But the 45-year-old, who lives near Morpeth, Northumberland, claimed the footage, posted on YouTube, gave the wrong impression.

Rogerson said he had pulled a scarf over his face because a filling had fallen out of a front tooth.

And he only hit out in panic after the horse was spooked by a firecracker and charged at him.

Pitched battles: Police try to hold back Newcastle fans attempting to break through their lines

Pitched battles: Police try to hold back Newcastle fans attempting to break through their lines

Charge: Mounted officers try to hold back rioting fans

Charge: Mounted officers try to hold back rioting fans

Derby day violence in Newcastle

Rogerson,
living on disability benefits after quitting a factory job in 2005
because of a lung condition, told The Sun: 'It all happened so quickly. I
had just left the pub after the match and I walked straight into the
middle of it.

'The horse was spooked by a fire cracker and charged at me.

'At
first I tried to get him away from me with my left hand and then I
punched him with my right. It was sheer panic. I believe it made contact
with the horse.

'It was an instant reaction. The horse just came towards me and I reacted stupidly.

'I apologise for it — I did not actually go out to attack a horse. I love animals. I have got three dogs and a fishpond.

VIDEO: Newcastle lout punches horse after the game

Rioting in Newcastle after Geordies lose Tyne-Wear derby 3-0

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Mark Clattenburg criticised by both managers on return

Welcome back! Ref Clattenburg slammed by Adkins and Hughton on return

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UPDATED:

23:47 GMT, 28 November 2012

Mark Clattenburg came under fire on his return to Premier League refereeing at St Mary's on Wednesday night.

The 37-year-old official took charge of his first game since being wrongly accused of racially abusing John Obi Mikel on October 28 in the 1-1 draw between Southampton and Norwich.

But Clattenburg ended up being criticised by BOTH managers after the final whistle

Back: Referee Mark Clattenburg returned to duty on Wednesday night

Back: Referee Mark Clattenburg returned to duty on Wednesday night

The Tyne and Wear official missed a Rickie Lambert's handball in the lead up to the striker putting Southampton ahead in the 32nd minute.

And Norwich boss Chris Hughton said: 'I have seen it again and the first impression of the players there were to appeal for handball.

'I spoke to a couple of players that were very close to the incident and they both said it was handball.

'Nothing has changed my mind since seeing it. I think it is a difficult one as there were a lot of bodies there but certainly it was a handball.

'But we showed enough character to get back in and we've done that. We have had two tough away games and we have done well.'

The decisions surrounding both goals may have left the managers frustrated but both were pleased to see Clattenburg refereeing again.

'He is an excellent referee,' Hughton
said. 'I think probably more than the actual performance itself, I
think I speak for most when I say we were absolutely delighted to see
him back.

Under fire: Clattenburg was criticised by both managers after the game

Under fire: Clattenburg was criticised by both managers after the game

'He has a real passion for what he does and he is very, very good at what he does.

'We need as many good referees and them performing week in, week out.'

Saints manager Nigel Adkins was not overly complimentary about Clattenburg on his return to the game.

The Liverpudlian was aggrieved that the referee awarded Norwich the free-kick that led to their goal, and said: 'I didn't think it was a free kick at the time and I still don't after seeing it again.

'I've spoken to [Nathaniel] Clyne who says he touched the ball. We are disappointed it has been given and he made some other interesting calls during the course of the night.

But Adkins also said: 'Of course I am pleased to see him back.

'It was an unfortunate situation that arose and meant he was out for a month, but he is a fine referee and has a great career in front of him.'

Rafa Benitez in his own words (sort of)

Benitez in his own words (sort of) as new Chelsea manager makes a good first impression

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UPDATED:

18:00 GMT, 22 November 2012

Rafa Benitez has a tough new job, a trigger-happy owner to please and a game against the unbeaten Premier League champions to kick off his Chelsea career.

But it's not all doom and gloom for the former Liverpool manager as he's been given the Darren Farley treatment.

Farley is known as 'the voice of football' for his impressions of some of the game's biggest names and has appeared on Sky Sports News, Soccer AM and numerous radio shows.

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He's now made his Sportsmail debut with
this exclusive clip of what the new Blues boss – a favourite of Farley's
from his Liverpool days – might have to say for himself.

Log back on tomorrow to see what happens when Rafa is welcomed to Stamford Bridge by Jose Mourinho (kind of).

Everton line up move for Bruges midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe

Everton line up second move for Bruges midfielder Odjidja-Ofoe in January

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UPDATED:

08:43 GMT, 5 October 2012

Everton manager David Moyes is ready to bolster his push for a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League with a New Year move for Belgium midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

A deadline-day bid for Odjidja-Ofoe in August was thwarted by red tape, but Moyes is back on the trail of the 23-year old after having him watched in Bruges’ Europa League tie with Maritimo on Thursday night.

Odjidja-Ofoe played the full 90 minutes and did enough to reinforce Moyes’ belief that recruiting him in the January window would help Everton maintain one of their most impressive starts in recent memory.

Wanted: Bruges midfielder Vadis Odjidja Ofoe (left) is an Everton target

Wanted: Bruges midfielder Vadis Odjidja Ofoe (left) is an Everton target

Everton believed they had secured the energetic midfielder on loan a month ago, until FIFA ruled the paperwork had been submitted too late and prevented the move going through.

That has not deterred Moyes from going back in for him and setting up a deal that could initially be on loan but would turn into a 5million permanent transfer, should he make a favourable impression.

He would be Moyes’ third Belgian signing, after Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas and would be a welcome addition to Everton’s midfield options.

With doubts remaining over Fellaini’s future, following clear signals he feels ready to step up to a Champions’ League team, Odjidja-Ofoe would also be capable of filling any gap that might appear.

Initially seen as a defensive anchor man, he has developed a reputation as more of a box-to-box midfielder and could step into the breach, should any of Fellaini’s many admirers try and prise him away when the window opens.

Carlton Cole welcomes Andy Carroll to West Ham, despite threat to his place

Healthy competition! Cole welcomes Carroll to West Ham despite threat to his place

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UPDATED:

12:47 GMT, 12 September 2012


Fighting for his place: But West Ham's Carlton Cole has welcomed the arrival of Andy Carroll

Fighting for his place: But West Ham's Carlton Cole has welcomed the arrival of Andy Carroll

Carlton Cole has welcomed the arrival of Andy Carroll at West Ham, despite losing his place to the striker.

Cole found himself dropped for the Hammers' 3-0 win over Fulham last time out following Carroll's loan move from Liverpool.

England star Carroll, who cost the Reds 35m from Newcastle, impressed on his debut and looked certain to keep Cole out of the side but for a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for up to six weeks.

That means a likely recall for Cole for Saturday's trip to Norwich, which would be the 28-year-old's 150th start for West Ham.

He told their official website, www.whufc.com: 'Every year, you have to have people challenging for places because it is healthy for the club.

'I'm a guy who believes in that and you could get complacent if you know you are going to play week in, week out.

'It's better to always be on your toes and I welcome a challenge like Andy Carroll because he is one of the best target men around in the Premier League and it's just going to reinvigorate me to be a better player.'

Cole also welcomed the return on loan of Yossi Benayoun, who he played alongside during the 2006-07 season, which saw West Ham produce a 'Great Escape' from relegation.

'Yossi is a brilliant character and a great player as well – we all know that,' Cole said.

'He has finally come home and he's back where I believe he belongs. I played for a season with him before he went off to Liverpool but he was really influential around the players and the team.

'I was sad to see him leave so now he's back, I'm really happy.'

Good first impression: Carroll was excellent on his West Ham debut against Fulham

Good first impression: Carroll was excellent on his West Ham debut against Fulham

...But his first start at Upton Park was cut short after he picked up a hamstring injury

…But his first start at Upton Park was cut short after he picked up a hamstring injury

Benayoun will be expected to provide the ammunition for the likes of Carroll and Cole, who has yet to find the net this season.

He revealed he was already being teased about that by captain Kevin Nolan, who has scored twice so far.

'I've been having banter with Nobby in the changing room already and he's already on me!' said Cole, who has finished West Ham's top scorer for the last four seasons.

'Last year, we were bouncing off each other saying: 'I've got more goals than you, so what are you going to do about it'

'We just spur each other on with a bit of banter and every time I get the chance to play, whether it be with another striker or up front on my own, hopefully I'll get the chance to score and keep up with Nobby.'

John Terry injury: England can cope without him, says James Milner

Forget crocked Terry, England can cope just fine without him, says Milner

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UPDATED:

15:07 GMT, 9 September 2012

England midfielder James Milner believes the current squad can comfortably deal with the absence of injured defender John Terry.

Former skipper Terry, 31, has been ruled out of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine after suffering an ankle injury in Friday's 5-0 win over Moldova.

Centre of attention: Milner was quizzed over Terry's absence for the qualifier against Ukraine

Centre of attention: Milner was quizzed over Terry's upcoming absence for the qualifier against Ukraine

But Milner, who scored his first senior international goal in the rout, reckons Roy Hodgson's squad can play to the same high standards even without the experienced Chelsea captain.

'It is not going to weaken the team in any way, obviously JT (Terry) is a top player and will be tough to replace but we have got a number of top candidates who can step in,' he said.

'He is a top player and we all know that and he performed well the other night and unfortunately picked up an injury.

Agony: Terry will miss the European qualifier against Moldova with an ankle injury

Agony: Terry will miss the European qualifier against Moldova with an ankle injury

Agony: Terry will miss the European qualifier against Moldova with an ankle injury

Agony: Terry will miss the European qualifier against Moldova with an ankle injury

'But I think that you can see with the strength of the squad and the players we do have, we are fortunate we have got a number of options who can step in there Jags (Phil Jagielka), (Gary) Cahill or a number of other ways the manager could go.'

The eye-catching performances of young players Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tom Cleverley were major talking points following England's winning start to their World Cup qualifying campaign and Milner is confident both have what it takes to make a lasting impression on the national team.

'The squad is a great place at this moment in time – there are a lot of younger players coming in, they are very young lads now with the likes of Ox (Oxlade-Chamberlain) coming in,' he added.

'To experience these games at a major tournament already is invaluable – he is a very good player and we have seen what he can do already, think how good he will be in a few years.

'Clevs (Cleverley) is a top player, very comfortable on the ball and plays great passes in that position he played the other night.

'He is a good link between the midfield and the forwards – he does his work defensively and helps keep the shape.'

The Manchester City midfielder netted his side's fourth in Chisinau and admitted he was glad to finally score a senior England goal.

'Obviously what you want to do is score for your country and it has been a long time coming,' he said.

'I had a couple of chances before that and hit the inside of the post and other things so it was nice to get off the mark and contribute to a good England win.'

England took on Ukraine in the group stages of last summer's European Championship and Milner, who started the 1-0 win in Donetsk, thinks both sides will closely resemble the teams who lined up that day.

'It will be slightly different but the majority of the squads will be very similar,' he said.

'This time it is on our home turf and we need to make sure we put in a good performance, they showed over the summer they are no pushovers – they are a strong side with a number of good players.

'We need to be on the top of our game – hopefully we can get an early goal again, settle down and play some football.'

London 2012 Olympics: Synchro final for Team GB

GB girls secure first synchronised swimming final spot since 1992

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UPDATED:

18:09 GMT, 6 August 2012

Olympics 2012

There will be British representation in an Olympic synchro final for the first time in 20 years after Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici qualified in ninth for the duet, as Russia close in on their fourth consecutive gold.

In Beijing, the pair had been the first Britons to compete at a Games since 1992 where they finished 14th.

In the intervening four years, they have made huge strides on the world stage, including a Commonwealth silver medal together, and now they will be the first British synchronettes in an Olympic final since 1992 when Kerry Shacklock and Laila Vakil finished sixth.

In sync: Great Britain's Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici have reached the duets final

In sync: Great Britain's Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici have reached the duets final

The free routine is marked on artistic impression and technical merit, with a maximum mark of 50 points for each.

These are then combined and added to the result of Sunday's technical routine, with the top 12 of the 24 pairs going through.

Randall and Federici – who both train at the high performance centre in Aldershot – had improved by one their 10th-placed finish at last year's World Championships in the technical routine.

On Monday their London-themed free routine portraying the ravens at the Tower of London set to a Chemical Brothers soundtrack was scored 88.790 points, placing them ninth, one down on eighth in Shanghai last summer.

When combined with their technical result on Sunday the pair went through with 176.890pts, and insisted they had plenty to work on before Tuesday afternoon's final.

Randall said: 'We've got a few things to improve on for tomorrow, it wasn't one of our best so we are hoping to get the things fixed we need to get fixed and make an improvement.

Head above water: The pair have become the first Brits to reach a synchro final since 1992

Head above water: The pair have become the first Brits to reach a synchro final since 1992

Head above water: The pair have become the first Brits to reach a synchro final since 1992

'With the technical aspect of our routine, there were a few things that were slightly off, we weren't exactly the same so just to try and make that perfect tomorrow.'

Federici echoed her team-mate's sentiments, saying: 'We want to go back home, look at the video, see what we can do so when we get back in the pool and train tomorrow, and really make it a perfect swim so we give our best performance.

'This is our London 2012 Games so we want to give it everything we've got and do our best performance of the year.'

When the pair competed at the European Championships in Eindhoven earlier this year, it was felt the scoring was questionable.

Randall said: 'The important thing we've got to think about is that synchro is a very judged sport – all we can put in tomorrow is our best performance so we know we have done the best we can do so hopefully the judges will reward us with good marks.

'Our reputation as a country is improving and the judges are seeing that we are improving at every competition we go to.'

London 2012 Olympics: Kerron Clement moans after getting lost on way to Village

Welcome to London! US star moans as bus gets lost looking for Olympic Village

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UPDATED:

10:59 GMT, 16 July 2012

Two-time world 400 metres hurdles champion Kerron Clement was getting a less than favourable first impression of London on Monday morning as the bus taking him to the Olympic Village struggled to find its destination.

The American, among hundreds of athletes from across the world arriving in the capital ahead of the Games, claimed the bus had been lost for four hours.

Clement Tweeted: 'Um, so we've been lost on the road for 4hrs. Not a good first impression London.

Games Lane: An official Olympics vehicle (right) uses the first of the Olympic Route Network (ORN) roads, which came into operation on Monday on the M4 motorway

Games Lane: An official Olympics vehicle (right) uses the first of the
Olympic Route Network (ORN) roads, which came into operation on Monday
on the M4 motorway heading into London from Berkshire

'Athletes are sleepy, hungry and need to pee. Could we get to the Olympic Village please.'

The 26-year-old, who won the world title in 2007 and 2009 before surrendering the crown to Great Britain's Dai Greene in Daegu last year, is the the defending Olympic silver medallist.

A media shuttle bus also had difficulty finding its destination. The double decker, travelling from Russell Square to the Olympic Park in Stratford, pulled over 30 minutes into its journey.
The driver said: 'Sorry about this'.

He then got out a map, before performing a U-turn and quickly getting back on the correct route.

Heathrow is set to welcome a record number of passengers on Monday as athletes begin arriving for the London Games.

Europe's largest airport says athletes from 50 nations will arrive in what it is describing as Britain's biggest peacetime transport challenge. Some 236,955 passengers are expected to pass through the airport. The previous record of 233,562 was set in July 2011.

Traffic chaos: Queues formed on the M4 but Games organisers denied it had anything to do with the Games Lane

Traffic chaos: Queues formed on the M4 but organisers denied it had anything to do with the Games Lane

Heathrow has enlisted some 1,000 volunteers to meet and greet athletes, officials and media – hoping to put a bright face on the games. There was also an increased police presence, including sniffer dogs, along with the volunteers and the regular Heathrow staff.

No unusual problems were reported early on Monday, as athletes including members of the American sailing team, a Jamaican swimmer and an Italian kayaker were among the early arrivals.

People arriving at Heathrow's Terminal 4 said the immigration lines were not long. British authorities have stepped up the numbers of immigration officials to check passports, hoping to avoid the lines that have made headlines in recent weeks.

Their transport into central London was smoothed by the official opening of a 'Games Lane' along the M4 motorway. The special lane is open only to Olympic officials, VIPs and athletes.

Not impressed: Kerron Clement (centre) took to Twitter after his bus got lost en route to the Athletes Village

Not impressed: Kerron Clement (centre) took to Twitter after his bus got lost en route to the Athletes Village

Delays caused by accidents on the M4 in Berkshire affected traffic heading towards the Games Lane in west London.

But a Highways Agency spokesman denied that there had been '32-mile queues'.

He went on: 'The delays were a long way from west London and traffic in the area of the Games Lane was no worse than it is on any normal Monday morning.'

More 'Games Lanes' will open in other parts of London as the games approach.

The London Olympics start on July 27 and end August 12.

Dirk Kuyt leaves Liverpool to join Fenerbahce

Rodgers' revolution begins as Kop idol Kuyt is first big-name casualty in 1m exit to Fenerbache

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UPDATED:

14:09 GMT, 3 June 2012

Fenerbahce have announced the signing of Dirk Kuyt from Liverpool.

The Holland striker has signed a three-year contract with the Turkish giants.

The 31-year-old, who moved to Anfield from Feyenoord in 2006, found first-team starts hard to come by under Kenny Dalglish last season.

Moving on: Kuyt signs a three year deal at Fenerbahce

Moving on: Kuyt signs a three year deal at Fenerbahce

Liverpool confirmed the move, saying: 'Liverpool FC can confirm that Dirk Kuyt has advised the club that he has today reached an agreement with Fenerbahce SK over a move to Turkey, and the transfer is expected to be completed in the next few days.'

Kuyt, who had a year to run on his Anfield contract, had been expected to leave Merseyside this summer, despite the departure of Dalglish, after a season in which he scored just two Premier League goals.

He claimed last week he had attracted interest from a host of clubs across Europe.

On his way: Dirk Kuyt is off to Turkey

On his way: Dirk Kuyt is off to Turkey

The one and only: Kuyt won the League Cup with Liverpool - his only silverware in his six years at Anfield

The one and only: Kuyt won the League Cup with Liverpool – his only silverware in his six years at Anfield

He was strongly linked with Hamburg and a return to Feyenoord, although he ruled out the latter, saying they would not be able to afford his wages.

He has opted for a move to Istanbul, though, possibly attracted by the prospect of Champions League football next season.

Fener will enter the preliminary rounds of the competition after finishing runners-up to Galatasaray in the Super Lig.

Kuyt leaves Liverpool having won just one trophy in six seasons on Merseyside, the Carling Cup last season, when he scored in the penalty shoot-out win over Cardiff.

First impression: Kuyt made his Liverpool debut against West Ham in 2006

First impression: Kuyt made his Liverpool debut against West Ham in 2006

He joins a Fenerbahce side that finished second in the league after Galatasaray and qualified for next season's Champions League.

But the final decision rests with the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), which previously banned Fenerbahce from the 2011-2012 Champions League after allegations that several matches were fixed during the 2010-2011 season.

The investigation into the allegations led to a wave of arrests last summer, while Fenerbahce was hit hardest by the case that sent its boss, Aziz Yildirim and more than a dozen team members behind bars in the ongoing trial.

Richard Hughes determined to get his life back on track after beating alcohol addiction

My race for life: Richard Hughes beat the booze… now he's chasing title dream again

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UPDATED:

22:10 GMT, 2 May 2012

Jockey Richard Hughes has had plenty of time on his hands recently after being banned for 50 days.

Apart from familiarising himself with the new talent at the stable of his father-in-law Richard Hannon, the champion trainer, he has had one crucial commitment — regular sessions at Alcoholics Anonymous.

He has three appointments this week — appointments that now dictate his schedule.

Home comforts: Richard Hughes at his house in Wiltshire

Home comforts: Richard Hughes at his house in Wiltshire

To many, this will come as a shock. Assured, confident and in control is the public impression of a daring tactician with an independence of thought who, on occasions, turns race riding into an art form.

But Hughes, son of the respected Irish jockey-turned-trainer Dessie, came within a short head of slipping into sporting oblivion, only to be rescued by friends and his wife Lizzie.

Few would have blamed her for turning her back on a seemingly lost cause. As Hughes refused to accept his alcoholism, Lizzie’s support was repaid by discovering he was having an affair, which led to the postponement of their wedding.

Winning return: Hughes guides Lyric Ace home on Wednesday

Winning return: Hughes guides Lyric Ace home on Wednesday

Hughes, who has not tasted alcohol since Easter Sunday 2005, confesses all in his brutally honest autobiography.

The picture he paints is a world away from the charming Wiltshire home he now shares with his wife and children, Harvey, four, and Phoebe, two, but Hughes insists his wife wanted the full story to be told. ‘Lizzie said stick it in the book — it is what happened,’ he said. ‘I was a complete nightmare to live with. I don’t think I would have put up with it. But we got through to the other side.’

Hughes, who must squeeze a 5ft 9in frame into a body hovering just under 9st, initially used alcohol’s dehydrating capacity to control his weight before its distortion of reality gripped him.

Finally, it took a close friend, James Collins, to deliver the damning verdict that broke the downward spiral.

Getting his life back in order: Hughes has been going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings

Getting his life back in order: Hughes has been going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings

Hughes said: ‘James told me I’d end up sitting in a bar telling someone I could have been champion. I’d seen a lot of those guys in Kildare and Newmarket — fellas telling you how good they were over a pint. I was relatively successful and getting away with it — managing to hang on to jobs, but deep down I kind of knew.

‘I didn’t go racing drunk but I was going racing just to make a living. My love for riding horses was gradually going. That burned me up. Loads of other people out there are doing the same thing. They are practising alcoholics throwing all the balls in the air trying to please everyone.

‘At AA, people help me more than I help them. Someone comes in who has only been sober for a month and I listen to the quiver in their voices. It brings all the s*** back because alcohol is all sparkling champagne and craic.

Back from the ban: Hughes has served his 50-ban

Back from the ban: Hughes has served his 50-ban

‘It is cunning and baffling. You remember all the good stuff. It brings your story back and, by speaking about it, gives you a little dig.’

Hughes acknowledges the crucial support of Lizzie and the Hannon family in his rehabilitation and the inspiring example he drew from one-time Hannon understudy, now three-time champion, Ryan Moore.

‘I used to watch Ryan — how sharp he was — and I was just turning up to get the day over with. He was sharper and more alert — it was definite motivation. I could see he was passing me. I was also very lucky the Hannons stood by me, but I think they saw the good side of me, too. Although I was a b******, I wasn’t all bad.’

Hughes once predicted he would retire from riding at 40 and become a trainer. A year away from that landmark, a more contented soul is still not yet ready to give up a job he has fallen in love with again.

Back in the saddle: Hughes returned to riding after completing after the ban

Back in the saddle: Hughes returned to riding after completing after the ban

Now his priority will be to repay the Hannons by helping the trainer transition of father to son, Richard Snr to Jnr, when it eventually happens.

A first Flat race jockeys’ championship — he came agonisingly close when losing out to Paul Hanagan in 2010 by two winners — is still possible despite his late return to action this season because of the worldwide ban.

This was imposed in India after being found guilty of failing to follow a trainer’s instructions. The ban ended on Tuesday and yesterday he was back in the winner’s enclosure twice, with success in the first race at Kempton on Lyric Ace and later riding Gusto.

Hannon’s increasingly powerful string offers Hughes the hope of an elusive first British Classic, starting with Craven Stakes winner Trumpet Major in Saturday’s 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Hughes said: ‘I was impressed with Trumpet Major in the Craven. Johnny Murtagh rode him in the Dewhurst last year when he said he should have won.’

Victory would be sweet but Hughes knows he continues to win a far more important contest.

Richard Hughes: A Weight Off My Mind is published by Racing Post Books on May 19 priced 20. It is available from www.racingpost.com/bookshop and all good bookshops.