RICHARD Hughes cranked up the pressure in the defence of his British Flat Jockey’s Championship with a 16-1 treble at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Monday.

Hughes only returned to the saddle last month after sustaining a stable fracture of a vertebra when suffering a dramatic fall at the Dubai World Cup back in March.

Last season he successfully defended the title first won back in 2012, but a spell on the sidelines sees him 21 winners behind Ryan Moore - a three time champion - this year.

However, Hughes raised the stakes in the race for the championship with three wins at Windsor on Monday including High On Life, trained in Lambourn, Berkshire by Jamie Osbourne.

High on Life (11-10 favourite) was never headed by his five rivals in a maiden stakes, asserting over a furlong from the finish and, despite hanging right, drawing clear to win easily.

Outsider Brean Splash Susie (50-1) had more racecourse experience than her conqueror, but had no chance with the winner and was beaten four and a half lengths into second position.

Hughes got off the mark in division two of a maiden auction stakes aboard hotpot Among Angels, providing trainer Richard Hannon with a fourth success at the track this season.

Among Angels (1-2 favourite) - who holds an entry in the Wetherbys Super Sprint at Newbury Racecourse on July 19 - was shuffled back halfway through the six furlong contest. But, the two-year-old was ridden to lead entering the final furlong and stayed on to win going away at the finish.

He put two and a quarter lengths between himself and runner-up Well Fleeced (10-1) at the line with Outback Ruler (5-1) back in third position.

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