Joseph O'Brien with his father Aidan after Breeders' Cup success in 2011PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
O'Briens head top trainer and jockey betting
THE father-and-son team of Aidan and Joseph O'Brien have been installed as favourites to top the trainer and jockeys' tables at Royal Ascot next week.
Aidan O'Brien, who has been leading trainer at the royal meeting four times, is 1-2 with Paddy Power to scoop the award again.
Frankie Dettori: 50-1 chancePICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Next best at 4-1 is Richard Hannon, who led the way in 2010, while Saeed Bin Suroor, whose six winners in 2004 have been matched only by O'Brien in 2008 in the last 20 years, is 8-1.
John Gosden, who saddled five winners last year, is 16-1.
Unlike his father, Joseph O'Brien has never won the top award, but he is Paddy Power's evens favourite from 3-1 shot Ryan Moore, Royal Ascot's leading rider for the past three years.
O'Brien jnr can count on the best Ballydoyle ammunition including Magician in the St James's Palace Stakes and Camelot in the Prince of Wales's.
Jamie Spencer, top jockey in 2006, can also rely on good support as Qatar Racing's first-choice rider and is 13-2.
Champion jockey Richard Hughes is 7-1, while Frankie Dettori, who has partnered more Royal Ascot winners than anyone still riding, is 50-1.
Top Royal Ascot trainer
Paddy Power: 1-2 Aidan O'Brien, 4 Richard Hannon, 7 Sir Michael Stoute, 8 Saeed Bin Suroor, 12 Mark Johnston, 16 John Gosden, 25 Luca Cumani, William Haggas, 33 Jeremy Noseda, Andrew Balding, Lady Cecil
Top Royal Ascot jockey
Paddy Power: Evens Joseph O'Brien, 3 Ryan Moore, 13-2 Jamie Spencer, 7 Richard Hughes, 8 Silvestre de Sousa, 10 Paul Hanagan, 16 William Buick, 25 Joe Fanning, 33 Tom Queally, Jim Crowley, Johnny Murtagh, 50 Frankie Dettori