Moore chance of Ryan taking jockey crown?

Ryan Moore celebrates after riding Times Up to victory in the Speedy Service Doncaster Cup during the Speedy Services Doncaster Cup Day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 13, 2013. See PA story RACING Doncaster. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Ryan Moore celebrates after riding Times Up to victory in the Speedy Service Doncaster Cup during the Speedy Services Doncaster Cup Day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 13, 2013. See PA story RACING Doncaster. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

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It wasn’t so long ago that bookmakers were paying out on reigning champion Richard Hughes to win back-to-back jockeys’ titles.

But with Ryan Moore only 15 winners behind and with the best part of two months still to go, it is by no means a formality just yet.

Current leader Hughes has had a healthy amount of winners, already passing last year’s tally of 172 and recording his first Classic victories with wins on Sky Lantern in the 1000 Guineas and Talent in the Oaks.

It’s incredible to think the reigning champ hadn’t bagged himself a Classic before this year.

Ryan Moore has already had over 50 more winners than he had in 2012 and has also collected more prize money than Hughes.

Moore also collected the Epsom Derby aboard Ruler of the World, plus a host of other big Saturday winners which has kept him snapping away at Hughes’ heels.

Hopefully this continue right to the wire.

The pair are a little way clear of Silvestre De Sousa in third, who has had another very good season riding as the main jockey to the Godolphin operation.

As has Joe Fanning, who once again has passed the 100 mark riding for long-term retainer Mark Johnston.

Neil Callan is also having a phenomenal year, after parting company with Roger Varian last winter and deciding to ride freelance instead.

That decision has proved very fruitful and got him to the 100 mark for the first time since 2008.

William Buick is also hovering just below the hundred mark together with Luke Morris, Jim Crowley and former dual champion Paul Hanagan.

Danny Tudhope has been the chief beneficiary of the rise to fame of trainer David O’Meara because as stable jockey, he has ridden the majority of his winners and has passed his personal best for winners in a season.

Another northern jockey Paul Mulrennan has also passed his previous best total.

He is, however, currently out of action after being injured in a nasty fall at Musselburgh.

The Flat season culminates right here at Doncaster on November 9 with the Betfred November Handicap meeting, where we will find out who will lift the Champion Jockey trophy of 2013.

We’re set for a thrilling conclusion, should Ryan Moore decrease the deficit between himself and Richard Hughes, with the top jock pair both going hammer and tongs in vying for the title.

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