Five up-and-coming jockeys to follow throughout the flat racing season including Royal Ascot’s breakthrough stars

Royal Ascot produced nine first-time winners as the meeting highlighted top talents rising through the ranks, including Marco Ghiani, Laura Pearson and Cieren Fallon; Rossa Ryan missed Royal Ascot but returned with Group Two success last weekend

William Buick, Oisin Murphy and Tom Marquand may be battling it out for the title of champion flat jockey this season, but behind the lead trio is a wave of up-and-coming stars to take note of.

Royal Ascot week showcased the best of the talent and highlighted how the young guns are able to mix it with the big names, with nine first-time winners recorded during the five-day meeting.

Here is a look at five names to follow this season and beyond.

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Marco Ghiani

This smiley, fresh-faced apprentice is two winners away from reaching a significant milestone in his young career.

A 95th victory will see the 22-year-old ride-out his three-pound claim and could come, rather remarkably, shortly after just 600 career rides.

Ghiani faces questions from Sky Sports Racing after winning at Brighton
Image: Ghiani faces questions from Sky Sports Racing after winning at Brighton

Ghiani is already past the 50 mark for winners this year, including a first Royal Ascot success on board Real World, who ran out a mightily impressive winner of the usually tightly-contested Royal Hunt Cup.

That came in Godolphin's famous blue colours, for trainer Saeed bin Suroor, a partnership which is proving particularly fruitful for all involved.

Royal Ascot first-timers

Laura Pearson

Another first-time winner at the Royal meeting was Laura Pearson, who gave Lola Showgirl a dazzling, front-running victory in the Kensington Palace Stakes.

Having ridden just one winner from 11 rides in 2018, the 20-year-old now has 27 winners and counting this year.

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Laura Pearson says the thrill of riding a Royal Ascot winner will be hard to replicate after becoming only the fourth female rider to taste victory at the famous meeting

Pearson is now a proud member of a rather exclusive, but rapidly expanding, club. She joins Hollie Doyle, Hayley Turner and Gay Kelleway as female winning riders at Royal Ascot.

Pearson's career is going from strength to strength, bolstered by the support of numerous trainers, including the likes of in-form David Loughnane, eager to get her on board.

Rossa Ryan

Rossa Ryan has been out of action since May 26 after breaking his collarbone and suffering apendicitis
Image: Rossa Ryan missed almost a month of the season with a broken collarbone and apendicitis

Quite incredibly, considering he is just 20-years-old, Rossa Ryan is already closing in on 300 career winners, racking up over 60 in each of the last four years.

Ryan's talent earned him the retained rider spot for a potentially new powerhouse of owners, the Amo Racing Club - run by football agent Kia Joorabchian.

Go Bears Go wins the Railway Stakes at the Curragh
Image: Ryan rides Go Bears Go to win the Group Two Railway Stakes at the Curragh

A broken collarbone sidelined the popular jockey early in the season and a subsequent operation to treat appendicitis saw him miss Royal Ascot.

But, Ryan returned in style, winning the Group Two Railway Stakes on Go Bears Go for Loughnane and Amo Racing. There should be many more Group successes to come from this young man.

Cieren Fallon

Cieren Fallon, son of six-time champion jockey Kieren, has passed 150 winners in his career so far
Image: Cieren Fallon, son of six-time champion jockey Kieren, has passed 150 winners in his career so far

This name might sound familiar, even to those who follow racing loosely, and it should.

Fallon - or Fallon Junior as he is commonly known - is the son of six-time champion jockey Kieren Fallon.

Fallon is all smiles after victory in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on Oxted
Image: Fallon is all smiles after victory in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on Oxted

The former champion apprentice recently passed the 150-winner mark and recorded his first Royal Ascot success with Oxted in the King's Stand Stakes.

He has a way to go to match his father's tally of 2,578 career winners, including 30 at Royal Ascot, but the 22-year-old has made a fine start.

Callum Shepherd

Callum Shepherd relocated to Newmarket last year and subsequently rode a record 77 winners
Image: Callum Shepherd relocated to Newmarket last year and subsequently rode a record 77 winners

Another from a very talented family is Callum Shepherd, whose twin brother Laird recently secured a place at three of golf's next four major championships after producing an epic comeback to win the 126th Amateur Championship.

Last year proved to be a game-changer for Callum, riding a personal record 77 winners, 20 higher than his previous best.

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That followed a relocation to Newmarket, where he became retained rider for leading owners Bill and Tim Gredley.

He has proved a consistent success story, rather quietly racking up over 300 career winners, with a strike rate of 10 per cent.

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