Top Flat jockey Richard Hughes will launch his new autobiography this weekend at Newbury races.

“Richard Hughes:A Weight off My Mind” will be launched on Best of British Beer Festival & JLT Lockinge Stakes Day (Saturday 19 May). Richard will be signing copies on the day.

And a Q&A session with Richard will be held in The Moet & Chandon Champagne Hall in the ground floor of The Hampshire Stand, accessible to premier enclosure racegoers.

In the book he talks of his experiences riding Group One winners including Canford Cliffs as well as the whip saga and his association with trainers Richard Hannon, Prince Khalid Abdullah, Sir Michael Stoute, Sir Henry Cecil.

He also provides an honest account of his battle with the bottle, writing about himself: “I thought alcoholics drank from bottles concealed inside brown paper bags. It turned out they came in all shapes and sizes. One of them was a 5ft9in Irishman.”

Lester Piggott described it as “a wonderfully readable and remarkably frank account of a great riding career”.

Richard Hughes: A Weight Off My Mind My Autobiography is published by Racing Post Books and costs £20. It is written with Racing Post journalist Lee Mottershead.

It is available from www.racingpost.com/shop and bookshops.