Michael Stoute has faith in Kingscote as jockey eyes up Derby ride on favourite

By: Greg Wood Wednesday 25 May 2022
  • ‘Richard is a talented rider, very professional and very astute’
  • Desert Crown reported in good order ahead of Epsom Classic

Sir Michael Stoute said on Tuesday that he is “very happy” to maintain the association between Richard Kingscote and Desert Crown, the 9-4 favourite for the Derby on 4 June, despite the rider’s relative lack of experience in the Epsom Classic.

Kingscote forged a link with the Stoute stable in the early months of the 2021 Flat season, having left his job as stable jockey with Tom Dascombe after 15 years in the role. He rode Desert Crown to win a maiden event at Nottingham in November before steering the colt to an impressive success in the Dante Stakes at York this month.

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