By Greg Wood
Aidan O’Brien is only 10-1 to land a Group One four-timer at Royal Ascot but Barney Roy is fancied to spoil the party by beating his Classic conqueror Churchill
In 2009, Barry Hills was the top trainer at Royal Ascot with three winners. A year later, Richard Hannon Sr took the prize – again, with three winners. For as long as Aidan O’Brien maintains his pre-eminence in European Flat racing, however, those days are surely gone, and while the man himself would never suggest it, a three-winner return this coming week would be disappointing given the strength of his squad.
There are seven handicaps on the 30-race programme at Royal Ascot and in the betting for the 23 non-handicaps, O’Brien has the current favourite for six, including four of the eight Group One events. He will saddle the second- or third-favourite for several more, and a very good week for O’Brien and Ryan Moore, his principal jockey, will be a painful one for the bookmakers.
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Source:: The Guardian Sports