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Royal Ascot outsiders

The spectacular show that is Royal Ascot is just around the corner and punters will be treated to five days of top-class racing action. 

There are 19 Group races, eight Group Ones and total prize money across the five days in excess of £7.3m. There is also a prize for the leading jockey, which is awarded to the winning most rider over the 35 races. 

There’s plenty to weigh up when it comes to a jockey’s credentials and the quality of their mounts has to be taken into account. 

We take a look at the Royal Ascot record of the leading contenders, the odds and what we can expect to see in Berkshire next week.

Ryan Moore (4/7)

Ryan Moore is the favourite to be crowned Royal Ascot top jockey and it’s no surprise to see the 39-year-old as a 1/1 market leader. 

Moore has ridden 73 winners at the Royal racecourse and the 39-year-old has been crowned top rider on nine occasions. 

The Brighton-born rider was successful in seven races last year, that was enough for him to top the charts once more, and he looks set for another fruitful meeting. 

Moore has the pick of the Aiden O’Brien stable, he is booked to take the ride on Paddington, who is the 2/1 joint-favourite in the St James's Palace Stakes and he will also be on board 6/4 chance River Tiber in the Coventry Stakes.

O’Brien has trained 81 Royal Ascot winners and Moore also has the backing of Sir Michael Stoute, who has notched 82 Royal successes. 

It would be no surprise if the 39-year-old collected a 10th Royal Ascot top rider crown. 

Frankie Dettori (3/1)

Frankie Dettori is riding in his last season before retirement and the Italian has no shortage of history at the Royal racecourse. 

The 52 year-old has ridden 77 Royal Ascot winners, has been the leading rider on seven occasions and rode his first winner at this meeting in 1990. 

Dettori famously achieved a near-impossible feat when winning all seven races on the card at Ascot in September 1996, and while that was outside of the Royal Meeting, it was still an incredible achievement. 

The 52-year-old’s leading Ascot rides include 15/8 chance Inspiral in the Ascot Queen Anne Stakes, leading St James's Palace Stakes hope Chaldean (2/1) and Gregory, who is a 5/2 favourite in the Queen’s Vase. 

William Buick (11/2)

William Buick has yet to claim a Royal Ascot top rider crown, but the 34-year-old finished runner-up last year with five victories and Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby has plenty of top-class horses to unleash in Berkshire.  

Buick will come in for the ride on Derby winner Adayar, a 9/4 shot in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes, Born To Rock in the Queen Mary and Asadna in the Coventry. 

The 34-year-old has some useful connections, which has led him to some good mounts in the handicaps and he has a record 33 Royal Ascot winners so far. 

Oisin Murphy (16/1)

Oisin Murphy claimed his first-ever leading jockeys title at Royal Ascot in 2021 and the 10/1 shot is a talented rider. 

The 27-year-old is the retained rider of Qatar Racing, and while that’s a powerful operation, it doesn’t have the numbers or quality of Ballydoyle or Godolphin. 

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