Sandra Hughes

County Of Origin: Kildare

Date of licence: November 2014

First winner: Sub Lieutenant (Bryan Cooper) Fairyhouse, November 29th, 2014

Final winner: Art Of Payroll (Denis O'Regan) Down Royal, May 1st, 2017

Significant horses: Sub Lieutenant, Lieutenant Colonel, Thunder And Roses, Phil's Magic, Nearly Nama'd, Acapella Bourgeois, Total Recall, Canaly.

Did you know:

Sandra took over her father Dessie's trainers’ licence in the days following his death in November 2014 and wasted little time in getting among the winners. She saddled Lieutenant Colonel to win the Grade 1 Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse within a fortnight of acquiring her licence and the same horse went on to win the Grade 1 Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown that December. Another notable early success came Sandra's way when Sub Lieutenant won the Grade 2 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle at Thurles in February of 2015. Sub Lieutenant had been Sandra's first winner with a licence when taking a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse on November 29th, 2014. Better was to come as she trained Thunder And Roses, ridden by Katie Walsh, to win the BoyleSports Irish Grand National in April, 2015. Sandra also enjoyed notable success with the likes of Acapella Bourgeois, Total Recall, Canaly and Nearly Nama'd. On the opening day of the Irish National Hunt Festival at Punchestown on April 25th 2017, Sandra announced what she was to retire from the training ranks, saying, "I'm in no way negative about this. This is my decision and I'm very happy with it. It's a numbers game. When you fall below a certain amount (of horses), it's tough and that's the problem." Sandra had her final runners as a trainer at Down Royal on Friday, May 26th, 2017. Her final winner had come at the same track on May 1st, 2017 when the Denis O'Regan-ridden Art Of Payroll had won the Magners Irish Cider Beginners Chase. In all, Sandra was responsible for 38 winners during her time as a trainer. 

BoyleSports Irish Grand National S'chase (Grade A) (Thunder And Roses - K. Walsh - 2015)

The Underwriting Exchange H'cap S'chase (Grade A) (Nearly Nama'd - B.J. Geraghty - 2016)

Squared Financial Christmas H'dle (Grade 1) (Lieutenant Colonel (GB) - B.J. Cooper - 2014)

Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace H'dle (Grade 1) (Lieutenant Colonel (GB) - B.J. Cooper - 2014)

EasyFix H'cap S'chase (Grade B) (Nearly Nama'd - R. Loughran - 2015)

Agnelli Motor Park Novice H'dle (Grade 2) (Acapella Bourgeois (FR) - J.J. Burke - 2016)

ATR Michael Purcell Memorial Nov H'dle (Grade 2) (Acapella Bourgeois (FR) - R. Walsh - 2016)

Michael Purcell Memorial Novice H'dle (Grade 2) (Sub Lieutenant - B.J. Geraghty - 2015)

Ten Up Novice S'chase (Grade 2) (Acapella Bourgeois (FR) - R. Loughran - 2017)

Naas Directors Plate Novice S'chase (Grade 3) (Sub Lieutenant - D.J. Mullins - 2016)

Irish Racing Writers Kingsfurze Nov.Hdle (Listed) (Phil's Magic - J.J. Burke - 2015)

Arctic Tack Stud Veterans H'cap S'chase (Canaly - R. Loughran - 2016)

Naas Supporters H'cap H'dle (Total Recall - D.J. Mullins - 2016)

Rainbow Communications H'cap S'chase (Knockanarrigan - B. Hayes - 2015)

RED MILLS Conyngham Cup (QR) Hcap Schase (Canaly - D. O'Connor - 2017)

Prancer and Dancer Rated Novice S'chase (Total Recall - R. Loughran - 2016)

Copper Face Jacks M'dn H'dle (Acapella Bourgeois (FR) - J.J. Burke - 2015)

Greenmount Park Beginners S'chase (Morney Wing - A.P. Heskin - 2015)

Go Racing In Kildare 3YO M'dn H'dle (Sports Barrow - R. Loughran - 2015)

PaddyPower Chelt.Trial 22nd Feb Mdn Hdle (Phil's Magic - J.J. Burke - 2015)

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2016/201710000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2014/201510000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2017/2018121103€7,500€5,975€13,475
National Hunt 2016/2017140813915€83,625€82,775€166,400
National Hunt 2015/201618313182323€248,163€149,625€397,788
National Hunt 2014/201514715151819€370,985€177,385€548,370
Flat 201651001€5,625€475€6,100
Flat 201530000€0€0€0

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Jockey
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Prize Money
Down-Royal 26/05/17 Sheamus R. Loughran HcpHdl 3m 100yds 6 11-2 120 WorkPal H'cap H'dle
Down-Royal 26/05/17 Floramar R. Loughran MdnHdl 2m 4 11-4 Barclay Communications M'dn H'dle €550
Clonmel 18/05/17 French Elegance R. Loughran MdnHdl 2m 110yds 15 10-13 Ancient East (Mares) M'dn H'dle
Clonmel 18/05/17 Louie The Second R. Loughran MdnHdl 2m 3f 89yds 8 11-4 Clonacody (C&G) M'dn H'dle
Punchestown 17/05/17 Small World R. Loughran HcpHdl 3m 4 11-5 95 Punchestown.com Hcap H'dle €550
Punchestown 17/05/17 Coeur Joyeux M.P. Walsh MdnHdl 3m 2 11-12 123 Punchestown For Events M'dn H'dle €2,600
Killarney 15/05/17 Phil's Magic R. Loughran HcpCh 3m 2f 4 10-5 118 Finbarr Slattery National H'cap S'chase €2,000
Killarney 15/05/17 Carlitos Bay R. Loughran MdnHdl 2m 4f 5 11-4 92 Sheila Mac Kelliher M'dn H'dle €275
Wexford 06/05/17 Sheamus R. Loughran HcpHdl 3m 7 11-10 122 Kerins Supp Wexford Camogie H'cap H'dle
Wexford 06/05/17 French Elegance N. Brennan NHF 2m 11 11-2 Irish Stall. Farms EBF (M) INH Flat Race
Cork 05/05/17 Small World R. Loughran HcpHdl 3m 10 11-7 97 Buy Online @ Corkracecourse.ie Hcap Hdle (Div 1)
Down-Royal 01/05/17 Art Of Payroll (GER) D.F. O'Regan BegCh 2m 4f 1 11-12 128 Magners Irish Cider Beginners S'chase €7,500
Punchestown 29/04/17 Apache Jack Rachael Blackmore HcpCh 3m 6f 11 9-13 119 Three.ie H'cap S'chase
Punchestown 25/04/17 Acapella Bourgeois (FR) R. Loughran NovCh 3m 120yds 5 11-10 153 Growise Champion Novice S'chase (Grade 1) €3,000
Kilbeggan 21/04/17 Josie Wing R. Loughran MdnHdl 2m 3f 86yds 6 10-11 Follow Kilbeggan On Facebook M'dn H'dle
Kilbeggan 21/04/17 Racing Stripes M.J. Bolger HcpHdl 2m 4 11-0 97 Summer Party Pack H'cap H'dle €600
Tipperary 20/04/17 Small World R. Loughran HcpHdl 2m 4f 12 11-2 99 Follow TipperaryRaces Facebook Hcap Hdle
Fairyhouse 18/04/17 Coeur Joyeux M.P. Walsh MdnHdl 2m 4f 3 11-12 126 Lilly Bain Bathroom And Tiles M'dn H'dle €1,300
Fairyhouse 18/04/17 Seanathair C. Brassil MdnHdl 2m 4f 18 11-7 95 Lilly Bain Bathroom And Tiles M'dn H'dle
Fairyhouse 18/04/17 Kickham R. Loughran MdnHdl 2m 4f 10 11-12 Lilly Bain Bathroom And Tiles M'dn H'dle
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*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).