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Royal Ascot takes place from Tuesday 18th June to Saturday 22nd of June and there’s plenty of quality action to look forward to.

The horses aren’t the only thing you can bet on, as the market for the meeting’s top jockey is always of interest.

We’ve had a look at the main contenders for the title this year and assessed their chances of claiming the crown at the end of the week.

Royal Ascot Top Jockey odds

Ryan Moore

The unstoppable Ryan Moore is arguably the best jockey of his generation and his performance on the big days is testament to that.

Moore has been crowned as Royal Ascot’s top jockey in eight of the last 10 years, only missing out to Frankie Dettori in 2019 and 20202.

The best jockey around riding for the best trainer is unsurprisingly a deadly combination. It’s important to note that there is only one odds-on favourite over the entire six days currently and Ryan Moore will be on board, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Kyprios is the horse in question and he looks very difficult to beat in Thursday’s feature race, the Gold Cup.

2023 Derby winner Auguste Rodin currently heads the market for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on Day 2 and, although his form so far this season has been underwhelming, he’s come back from worse before.

Whilst he’s probably not one to back, no one would be surprised to see him come out on top.

Boss Aidan O’Brien also has leading chances in the Juvenile races, as well as the St James’s Palace and the Coronation Stakes.

The bottom line is if there’s a big race to be won, Moore and O’Brien should never be far away from your thinking.

James Doyle

This is an interesting one as historically you wouldn’t expect James Doyle to compete with the likes of Ryan Moore and William Buick.

It’s a very different story this year, however, as Doyle became first jockey to the burgeoning force of Wathnan Racing at the start of the season.

Wathnan had two Royal Ascot winners in 2023, but they’ve spent big in the lead-up this year and will be determined to go significantly past that total. 

They bought a flurry of horses recently, including impressive Craven Stakes winner Haatem. The Richard Hannon-trained colt was beaten a head by stablemate Rosallion in the Irish 2000 Guineas and is in with a shout in the St James’s Palace Stakes on Day 1.

Doyle will have plenty of chances in the two-year-old races, with several potentially smart ones to pick from. Last year’s Queen’s Vase winner Gregory tries 2m4f for the first time in the Gold Cup and it would be no surprise to see him run a big race.

William Buick

Champion jockey William Buick tasted success in the first Classic of the season, Newmarket’s 2000 Guineas and the winner Notable Speech heads the market for the St James’s Palace Stakes on Day 1.

It’s always good to get a winner on the board early and Charlie Appleby’s progressive colt can continue improving.

Buick would appear to have some decent two-year-olds to ride this year and Al Qudra, who was an impressive winner at Lingfield last time, could be one to watch.

Day 1 could be unbelievable for Buick as he also has the prize ride of Willie Mullins’ Belloccio in the closing race.

Not only does Buick ride for one of the best trainers, he’s also one of the go-to jockeys whenever he’s available.

This gives him plenty of quality outside rides, giving him every chance of riding enough winners to provide a substantial challenge to Ryan Moore’s dominance.

Oisin Murphy & Tom Marquand

Realistically it’s unlikely that Royal Ascot’s top jockey won’t be one of three aforementioned riders, but both Oisin Murphy and Tom Marquand deserve a shoutout. 

Murphy predominantly rides for Andrew Balding and it would be uncharacteristic if that yard was to come away without any winners.

He’s another who tends to pick up plenty of quality spare rides and he’s likely to come away with at least a couple of winners.

Tom Marquand’s boss William Haggas is always a trainer to follow at the Royal meeting and you can expect at least a winner or two from them.

Marquand has also struck up a successful partnership with crack sprinter Big Evs, who is the rightful favourite for the King Charles III Stakes.

Royal Ascot Top Jockey

Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.

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