Royal Ascot Tips: Five Trainers and Jockeys to Follow



John Gosden

While it would not be preferable to blindly follow the trainers at Royal Ascot, it is useful to know who excels and which is not. John Gosden has saddled 25 winners from the 2010 Royal Ascot, so it is almost certain that the pop-up with a success once again this week. A word of warning for Gosden in three years, the races though. Of its 117 runners, only 10 have won, producing a level stakes loss of £54.

However, it is far superior to record with both two and four years. 13 winners from 62 runners reads much betterand would be deducted from £38 profit at the level of issues following the blind.

He has had a sensation start since the resumption of the race too, to have 29 winners from 93 runners, 31% strike-rate. Many will want to continue this hot in the next week.

Aidan O’brien

Without surprise, the top of the list of trainers last year with five winners, was Aidan O’brien.

Keep an eye on his runners in the city of Coventry, where he won an incredible nine times. With a lot of unexposed two-year-olds this season, O’brien is sure to have a few stars ready to go here.

He also has a talent to win the St james’s Palace Stakes, where he has the joint favourite for the race in Wichita. The 2000 Guineas runner-up is looking to follow in the Circus Maximus, the traces of the last year.

If you backed each of the Aidan O’brien runner in the Group 2, Group 3 and Listed races, you would be £64 at the level of the challenge, with 27 winners from 166 runners.

Sir Michael Stoute

Sir Michael Stoute has been extremely beneficial to follow in 2018, landing four winners from 14 runners. He put in another solid showing last year with two winners, then, it is worth to keep an eye on throughout the week.

He excels in Group 2 and Group 3 races, none more so than the Hardwicke Stakes, where he won eleven times. The queen of the electrical lines for him this year, so keep an eye on it after a nice run on his seasonal reappearance.

It’s a cliché, but Stoute is shiny on medium distances, and it shows at Royal Ascot. If you have backed up all of the horses that have raced over 1m4f here, you would have hit 10 winners from 46 bets and a reported £17 profit at the level of the challenge.

Laafy could add to this record, is entered in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes Friday over 1m4f, after an impressive victory at Newbury on Friday.

The Jockeys

Ryan Moore

Of course, Frankie Dettori is the jockey on the mind of everyone at Royal Ascot, especially after last year, but there are some interesting statistics for Ryan Moore that are worth acknowledging.

He has set up at least five winners for the past six years, which is incredible. Blind support of him is rare to you see profit, but there are a few angles that deserve to be noted.

First of all, when driving on good to firm ground, he landed 33 winners from 159 rides at a level stakes profit of £21. However, when the ground is good or softer, it shows a £41 loss. He has ridden 19 winners of 130 laps in these conditions. Keep a careful eye on the ground conditions if you are considering returning from his walks or not.

A little more of a niche stat, but keep an eye when Willie Mullins and Moore as a team. It has happened 12 times, but they have won five times, which gives a profit of £15 to level stakes.

William Buick

After having missed the last meeting of the year, William Buick could slip under the radar for some. It is in the process of Royal Ascot after a brilliant weekend, riding five winners from only ten rounds. Not a bad strike rate.

His record at Royal Ascot is too strong, after seven winners in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, has proved to be very advantageous for the follow, producing £23 profit at the level of the challenge.

It will get the path of the Pinatubo this year, in the hope to make amends after being well beaten in third in the 2000 Guineas. Although, it is not really seen to best effect over a mile at Royal Ascot. Rather, according to him over 1m2f-1m4f see you in £41 profit at level stakes.

It is interesting to note, if you are looking for one at a bigger price, Buick may not be your man. He has not been able to mount all the winners on 22/1 in 45 attempts.


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