IT was a frustrating post-Christmas period for the champion British jumps jockey Brian Hughes who only managed to partner one winner out of 17 rides between last Saturday and close of play on Wednesday.

The south Armagh native travelled south for Kempton’s December 26th meeting where he partnered the Ruth Jefferson-trained Waiting Patiently to finish a closing second to all-the-way winner Frodon in the Grade 1 King George VI Chase.