Royal Ascot: day one – live updates!

Frankie Dettori 67
Ryan Moore 58
Jamie Spencer 26
William Buick 23
Olivier Peslier 16
James Doyle 13

There might be Classics in which Moore ends up riding the wrong one from his employer’s stable but things tend to go pretty well for him at the Royal meeting. He’s been top jockey here no fewer than eight times, including five times in a row until 2019. That run was ended last year by Dettori, whose seven wins made him top rider in Ascot week for the first time since 2004, when he was a stripling of 33 years. Can he do it again? He might be pushing 50 but he’s got so much ammunition that another title could hardly be a surprise.

Meanwhile, other riders struggle to get a look-in. Neither Spencer nor Buick added to their totals last year, when Moore and Dettori won 12 of the 30 races and were also runner-up 10 times between them. Danny Tudhope had a good week, you may remember, with four wins.

Very few racing scribes (reptiles as the late John McCririck was fond of labelling us) are currently being allowed into racecourses under the Covid-19 restrictions. Indeed, apart from the handful of TV broadcasters there’s only the Racing Post and the Press Association with journalists at the track. BBC commentator John Hunt, who was on the Radio 4 Today programme this morning at 7.25 am (listen back here), is at the track and at the gates!

Ordinarily these gates would now be clattering open ?@Ascot? . Not this year.

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