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William Buick is aiming to put Godolphin back on top at Royal Ascot

No current rider has come closer to deposing Ryan Moore as top jockey at Flat racing’s most prestigious meeting in recent years

If the betting is correct, Ryan Moore will be the leading rider at Royal Ascot next week for the sixth time in seven years, and there is little that his rivals can do to stop him. No current jockey has come closer to deposing Moore in recent years than William Buick, however, and with Godolphin, his main employer, sending one of the largest teams ever assembled to the Royal meeting, Buick will have partners with real chances from the first day to the last.

It is four years since Buick, then riding for John Gosden, had the riders’ title snatched from his grasp in the final race of the meeting. Camborne’s success in the fifth race on day five was also Buick’s fifth of the week, but Moore drew level aboard Simenon in the Queen Alexandra Stakes and claimed the title on a countback of placed horses.

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