There was nobody more disappointed than Ryan Moore at Epsom on Saturday following Carlton House’s defeat in the Derby, but the 28-year-old has plenty to look forward to at Ascot next week.
It’s just seven days until the Queen Anne Stakes kicks off the greatest five days in Flat racing, and Moore will be the leading candidate to ride the most winners at Royal Ascot next week.
Moore has found himself in the privileged position of being Aiden O’Brien’s go to man this season following Johnny Murtagh’s resignation from the Ballydoyle stable last year, and because of that, Moore can expect plenty of winners this week.
Coupled with his rides for Sir Michael Stoute Moore could potentially ride the likes of Workforce or So You Think (depending on who runs in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes), Kingsgate Native, Modun and Power among a number of other strong candidates.
With 30 races at Royal Ascot, Moore is expected to have 20-plus rides over the five days of the Royal meeting, and the Royal Ascot odds would suggest his fellow jockey’s will struggle to get near him.
Moore needed four winners in 2010 to secure the top jockey crown at Royal Ascot for his first time and the three-time champion jockey will be expected to retain his top jockey title in 2011.
Keiren Fallon and Richard Hughes will be the fancied outsiders, especially as Hughes rides the 11/10 favourite Canford Cliffs in the Queen Anne Stakes, and the two will be desperate to take the crown away from Moore.
While Moore will remain disappointed that he couldn’t manage to steer Carlton House to victory in Saturday’s Derby, defeat may be a blessing in disguise.
Had Moore won on Carlton House, the shy, retiring character would have been thrust into the limelight because of the Royal connections and his Ascot preparations would’ve been hampered..
Now the 28-year-old can focus all his energy into a strong week next week and Moore will be determined to hand on to his crown.