All to play for in the #JockeyChamps
With the world’s most famous week of flat racing set to kick off tomorrow at Royal Ascot, things are hotting up in Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship with two former winners going to head to head in the battle to be crowned Champion Flat Jockey.
Current Champion Richard Hughes, who is riding at his last ever Royal Ascot before retiring at the end of the season is on 32 wins and is just three adrift of current leader, Ryan Moore. Hughes said, “Royal Ascot is always special and it will be doubly so this year, knowing that it will be the last time I’m here as a jockey. I have got some great rides to look forward to this week and am really enjoying my riding at the moment. It’s very close in the title race and a good week here will be a real boost in terms of the Championship. I’m still just as determined to win my fourth consecutive title come the end of the season.”
Another jockey hoping for a big week is third-placed William Buick, riding in his first season for Godolphin. Currently on 28 wins and with a strike rate exceeding 20%, the Norwegian-born jockey has picked up the ride on California Chrome in Wednesday’s showpiece, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. He said, “As a jockey you always look forward to Royal Ascot. The racing is so competitive and the atmosphere amazing. I am really enjoying my first season at Godolphin and hope that come October, I’ll still very much be challenging for the Champion Jockey title.”
Also back at the Berkshire track will be Derby-winning jockey Frankie Dettori who famously rode through the Ascot card winning all seven races in September 1996. The ebullient Italian is the top current jockey at the Royal meeting with 49 wins and will be looking to bring up his half century of winners during the week. Fresh from his Derby success on Golden Horn and Prix de Diane triumph on Star of Seville, Frankie said, “Ascot has always been a very special track for me and a win here during the Royal Meeting is always amazing. I just need one more to get up to 50 wins at Royal Ascot. I feel great, I feel like I am riding as well as I ever have done, so will be hoping for a few more winners this week.”
The Current Jockeys’ table as of 2pm on Monday 15th June