OIsin Murphy, who was Royal Ascot’s top jockey for the first time last season, will be on the other side of the running rail when the most prestigious flat meeting of the season opens on Tuesday, but even in his absence , the race to claim the prize for the best runner seems exceptionally open this year.
The last royal meeting with a full crowd, in 2019, had six races a day, but the post-Covid calendar is up to seven, five-day races, so this year’s best jockey will probably need at least the five winners Murphy has teamed up in 2021 to claim the prize.
Ryan Moore (13-8)
Aidan O’Brien’s number 1 was the top driver in the royal meeting eight times in nine seasons from 2010, the most memorable with nine winners, a record since World War II, in 2015. As always, O ‘Brien will provide the bulk of his fantasized rides, including promising youngster Kyprios in Thursday’s Gold Cup, while a strong youth side are led by unbeaten Blackbeard in the Coventry Stakes on Tuesday and Alfred Munnings, the Chesham’s favorite on the final afternoon. This year, however, Michael Stoute’s resurgent yard will also provide a useful back-up, not least when Bay Bridge, hugely impressive in last month’s Brigadier Gerard, went around 5-4 to beat Japanese star Shahryar in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. Wednesday.
William Buick (3-1
The undisputed leader in the 2022 Flat Jockey Championship race has never won the prize at Royal Ascot and he will likely need to beat his previous best tally of four wins in 2017 to break his duck. He can expect his best book on paper with two real bankers in Coroebus, the 2,000 guineas winner, at odds for Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes, and Hurricane Lane, winner of the Irish Derby and the Premier League. last year, who are due to kick off their four-year-old season at the Hardwicke on Saturday. Charlie Appleby’s youth team includes Noble Style, a big contender for Coventry, and Buick’s current form should ensure he has nearly a full book during the week.
Frankie Dettori (7-2)
The current most successful runner in the meeting with 76 winners is also second in the all-time list behind Lester Piggott, who ran an astonishing 116 at a time when there were 24 races over four days. Dettori is on the hunt for an eighth best jockey award at the meeting and although he’s only had 36 races (and seven winners) since early May, this is the week he’s all but guaranteed to roar. in life. His big chances include the evergreen Stradivarius in the Gold Cup and the Queen’s Reach For The Moon at Hampton Court on the same afternoon, while Emily Upjohn, edged out in the Oaks, will be a short prize if she lines up for the Ribblesdale. A setback, however, is Wesley Ward’s decision to book Irad Ortiz Jr for his five-man squad.
Jim Crowley (10-1)
The retained Shadwell Stud rider had a dream reunion in 2020 with six winners but still couldn’t get his hands on the best rider award for the first time, finishing behind Dettori in the countdown after the Italian had a hat-trick on the last day. Crowley should get off to a good start thanks to undefeated miler Baaeed, banker of the week in the opening Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday, while Mostahdaf (Wolferton Stakes) and Israr (King George V Handicap) will also go to the post with decent chances . and the famous blue and white silks will occupy him throughout the week.
Should arrive confident after winning both Guineas at Newmarket and in addition to Cachet, the 1,000 Guineas winner, at Friday’s Coronation, Doyle can expect to climb several second ropes live from the Appleby yard. He has ‘only’ 17 wins at Royal Ascot since leaving in 2013 and will therefore need to increase his strike rate considerably, but has at least shown a tendency to be feast or starve at this meeting in the past, most memorable when adding the next two races after his first victory nine years ago.
Tom Marquand (16-1)
Has the first call for most runners in the William Haggas stable, which puts Marquand with an outward cry, and Bashkirova (Duke Of Cambridge Stakes), Addeybb (Wolferton Stakes) and Sacred (Platinum Jubilee) are among his possible contenders one-digit odds.
Hollie Doyle (20-1)
Last year’s Goodwood Cup winner Trueshan is Doyle’s main entry in Thursday’s Gold Cup, but she’s sure to have a lot more trips than she’s had before (14 and 17 over the course of of the past two seasons) and also getting lucky along the way to beat Moore, Dettori and Buick.
An interest in the Drivers’ title race at Royal Ascot can make a single bet last all week and with Moore and Dettori having 15 previous awards between them, this could be the year Buick makes its mark. He has the right mix of favorites, potentially top class juveniles and will fight bids in any race where Appleby doesn’t have a runner, so 3-1 seems like a fair price for Buick to win the prize for the first time. .