The flat season is in full flow and excitement is starting to build ahead of the 2021 renewal of Royal Ascot. Of course, with 12,000 fans a day being welcomed back to the prestigious five-day meeting, it promises to be a fantastic year and there’s plenty to look forward to, with eight Group 1 races spread out across the week.
It goes without saying that the horse’s jockeys are a major factor when you are making your selection(s) for the biggest races. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at four jockeys to watch at Royal Ascot 2021. Read on to find out more!
It’s no secret that Frankie Dettori is the main jockey to watch when it comes to Royal Ascot. The Italian has been named the meeting’s Top Jockey for the last two years on the spin, and with six victories last year, he equalled Pat Eddery’s record of 73 winners at the Berkshire-based meeting. He’ll be hoping to make the record for the most wins his own this year, and with likely rides including Stradivarius (Gold Cup), Palace Pier (Queen Anne Stakes), John Leeper (King Edqard VII Stakes)and Campanelle (Commonwealth Cup), victories will surely be aplenty.
Jim Crowley will be bitterly disappointed to have missed out on the Top Jockey award last season. He was leading Dettori by three heading into the final day of the meeting. However, with the Italian in the saddle of three winning rides, he pipped Crowley to the accolade on the basis of placings.
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Despite missing out on being crowned Top Jockey, the 35-year-old will be hoping for more of the same this year. His best chances of victory are in the saddle of the likes of: Battaash (King’s Stand Stakes), Zeyaadah (Ribblesdale Stakes), Al Aasy (Hardwicke Stakes) and Mohaafeth (King Edward VII Stakes).
Ryan Moore and trainer Aidan O’Brien have formed a formidable partnership over the years, and it’ll come as no surprise to see many of their entries already leading the way in the biggest races on the horse racing betting sites. Moore secured four winning rides last year, including a victory aboard Circus Maximus in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, and he’ll be hoping to taste more success as he saddles the likes of Santa Barbara (Ribblestakes Stakes or Coronation Cup), Love (Prince Of Wales’s Stakes), Sir Lamorak (King Edward VII Stakes) and Broome (Hardwicke Stakes) this year.
James Doyle is another jockey who knows what it takes to win the biggest races at Royal Ascot. The Cambridge-native, who has won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, two St James’s Palace Stakes, three Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, as well as the Ascot Gold Cup with Big Orange in 2017, rode three winners last year, including the Gosden-trained Lord North in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. If Dettori, who has been in Lord North’s saddle for its last two races, doesn’t take that ride from him this year, then Doyle will be in with a great chance of winning the Group 1 race for fourth time.