MANY congratulations to Brian Hughes who recorded a treble at Ascot last Saturday, the middle leg coming in the Betfair Ascot Chase on Waiting Patiently who gave the Co Armagh-born jockey his first Grade 1 success.

Sent off the 2/1 favourite, the seven-year-old Flemensfirth gelding is now is in the care of Ruth Jefferson but, after passing the post following a superb ride on the bay, Hughes saluted the heavens in recognition of the late Malcolm Jefferson whose funeral had taken place the previous day in Old Malton.