Friday 23 February 2018

Golden day sees Dettori and Hughes leading riders' race

Frankie Dettori and Richard Hughes head into the final day of Royal Ascot locked together on three winners after they both struck gold yesterday.

Hughes was in the groove in the Albany Stakes, which the Richard Hannon-trained Memory (15/2) won.

He remains top of the riders' table by virtue of his two second-place finishes to Dettori's none, and is quoted as 13/8 second favourite for the title by Stan James, just behind 6/4 market leader Ryan Moore, who sits on two winners.

Dettori had enjoyed previous successes with Godolphin pair Invisible Man and Hibaayeb and he completed his hat-trick on Mark Johnston's 7/2 shot Monterosso in the King Edward VII Stakes.

Dettori is a 4/1 chance, while Johnny Murtagh is available at 5/1. The Ballydoyle No 1 had four seconds in the opening three days and he and trainer Aidan O'Brien doubled up with Lillie Langtry and Mikhail Glinka.

Pushed right out to about 66/1 at one stage, Murtagh is now fancying his chances. The Meath man said last night: "I've got a good book of rides tomorrow and my supporters are on at big prices."

Moore is 11/10 with totesport, with Hughes next in the betting at 7/4. Murtagh is a 5/1 shot with Dettori the outsider of the quartet at 7/1.

Irish Independent

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