Royal Ascot Jockeys
With 30 races making up the five days of Royal Ascot, riding around three or four winners is normally enough to scoop the accolade of top jockey. Meanwhile, with six races making up the card each day, it normally takes until the final day and sometimes even the final race to see a Royal Ascot top jockey crowned. Therefore, punters should not get too dejected if their pick fails to ride a single winner on day one, as there is ample time to catch up.
Ryan Moore has typically proved a good Royal Ascot jockey to follow
Moore can call Royal Ascot one of his favoured meetings as he received the top jockey accolade in both 2010 and 2011 for riding the most winners. Meanwhile, on both occasions he enjoyed a productive final day. However, he may struggle to replicate his past achievements this year, despite still enjoying a good book of rides thanks to his association with Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O’Brien. Stoute is not enjoying the most successful of seasons, while Moore no longer receives all the best mounts of the O’Brien team.
This honour now falls on the trainer’s son Joseph. Joseph has already won the 2,000 Guineas and Epsom Derby this season with Camelot and the horse is entered for Royal Ascot. Fame And Glory, St Nicholas Abbey and Maybe are other horses that are likely to be ridden by Joseph and offer more than a viable chance of victory.
Dettori and Queally other Royal Ascot jockeys to watch
Being the stable jockey for Godolphin always should guarantee Frankie Dettori at least one winner. Dettori will also always be remembered for riding seven winners on the same day at Ascot in 1996, meaning that punters who are unsure of what horse to place a Royal Ascot bet on often resort to Dettori as a safe haven.
Aside from Dettori, Tom Queally is a jockey going places and is virtually assured one winner as he will take the ride on Frankel in the Queen Anne Stakes.