Dettori v Moore: Star jockeys battle for Royal Ascot crown

Across The Stars (Frankie Dettori)

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 By Mark Scully 10:30AM 18 JUN 2016 

AMONG the many storylines woven into the final day of what has been a thrilling Royal Ascot is the battle for supremacy between two of the world’s greatest jockeys.

Frankie Dettori leads the way in the race to be the week’s top jockey having bagged four winners, one more than Ryan Moore, who will feel he should have a few more than three to his name.


Moore has endured some rotten luck in-running but despite that, he remains the 1-2 favourite with Betfred to come out on top, with Dettori 6-4 to hold onto his advantage.

Part of the reason for Moore’s short price is the fact he has rides in every race on Saturday’s Royal Ascot card, while Dettori has only three – but where will this battle be won?

Chesham Stakes (2.30)
Punters are expecting Moore to get off to the perfect start courtesy of the Aidan O’Brien-trained Churchill, who was backed into evens favouritism from 5-4 in some places on Friday.

Dettori, meanwhile, partners the Charlie Hills-trained Magillen, with the trainer optimistic the 16-1 shot can make his presence felt.

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Wolferton Handicap (3.05)

Dettori sits this one out as Moore takes the ride aboard Sir Isaac Newton, who is now as short as 9-1 from 14-1.

The form of Sir Isaac Newton’s most recent outing at the Curragh, finishing third behind Portage, received a boost earlier in the week as Portage ran away with the Royal Hunt Cup.

Hardwicke Stakes (3.40)

Moore partners another short price favourite in the day’s third race, with Exosphere a popular pick to follow up his Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes victory at Newmarket in April.

Dettori had been due to partner Eagle Top for John Gosden in this Group 2 contest but the five-year-old was declared a non-runner on Saturday morning.

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Diamond Jubilee Stakes (4.20)

The day’s Group 1 feature could prove pivotal, with both Moore and Dettori riding leading fancies in a high class renewal.

Dettori, a winner of this race aboard Undrafted 12 months ago, continues his association with the Charlie Hills-trained Magical Memory, a 7-2 chance with William Hill.

“He is our best chsnce of the week,” said Hills. “He seems happy in his work and seems to be loving life. Frankie gets on so well with him and the pair or unbeaten together.”

Moore is sure to put up a big fight aboard Twilight Son, who found only the brilliant Muhaarar too good as a three-year-old but could manage only fifth behind Magical Memory at York on his reappearance.

5.00 Wokingham Stakes

Dettori will be forced to watch once again as Moore is back in action in the day’s penultimate race.

Moore teams up with Aidan O’Brien again, with The Happy Prince representing the powerful pair in this tricky handicap.

5.35 Queen Alexandra Stakes

Should the fight go right to the wire, this epic contest of almost 2m6f could prove a fitting finale, with the pair going head to head one final time.

Dettori pins his hopes on the John Ryan-trained Sandro Botticelli but Moore looks to have bagged the ride on the race’s standout form selection, Clondaw Warrior.

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