Moore favoured in race for Racing UK Glorious Goodwood Top Jockey Award

goodwoodRichard Hughes is chasing a fifth consecutive Racing UK Glorious Goodwood Top Jockey Award but bet365 believe Ryan Moore is the man to beat. The firm makes Moore its 11/8 favourite with Hughes a standout price at 13/8.

Hughes first claimed the title in 2010 when partnering a remarkable nine winners, only one behind Gordon Richards’ record haul of 10 achieved in 1947 and 1949, and has notched up a further 17 winners over the last three seasons, including eight 12 months ago.

His association with trainer Richard Hannon looks set to prove profitable once again with high-profile rides on Toronado in the Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes and last season’s champion two-year-old Toormore in this afternoon’s Group Two bet365 Lennox Stakes. Furthermore, Ivawood, ante-post favourite in many lists for next year’s QIPCO 2,000 Guineas, headlines a strong book of two-year-old mounts for the two-time champion jockey.

Moore captured the Racing UK Glorious Goodwood Top Jockey Award in 2007 and 2009, riding five winners on each occasion. He has been in imperious form this season and, thanks to a 23 per cent strike-rate, tops the jockeys’ championship with 106 victories – 24 ahead of his nearest pursuer.

Pat Cooney, spokesman for bet365, commented: “The market looks a match but we’re firmly in the Kingman camp regarding the Sussex, so we thought that would be one less winner for Hughes.

“If he does not have a good opening day, considering he has a strong book of rides, it could leave the door open. We think the overall depth of Moore’s rides could see him home.”

Next best is Joe Fanning, who is 14/1 chance with bet365, while William Buick, James Doyle, Paul Hanagan and Silvestre de Sousa are all 16/1 shots.

Frankie Dettori and Kieren Fallon, who have four Racing UK Glorious Goodwood Top Jockey Awards apiece, are outsiders at 33/1 along with Grand National-winning pilot Graham Lee and Jamie Spencer.