To be a champion, I think you must see the bigger picture. …
Ryan Lee Moore, born in Brighton September 1983, he is indisputably one of the world’s best Jockeys. Though, with that hefty reputation Moore gets some serious scrutiny on a regular occurrence.
If Moore has a poor ride or a bad day in the saddle, he repeatedly gets questioned on his integrity or competences for the immense position he holds within the Ballydoyle operation, this is entirely wrong in every aspect.
Any sportsmen at the top level of their sport are susceptible to to taking some criticism for their performances yet not to the degree which Moore gets criticised by the media and punters – at any given chance.
Moore doesn’t give too much away in post-race interviews, customarily he just gives brief sentenced responses, looking rather awkward as if he just wanted to go and get prepared for his next ride, which is fair enough that is his choice.
He is incontestably one of the all-time greats in his trade, though seldom gets the recognition he merits, yet the mass media are quick to bad mouth his beaten rides though continuously overlook his brilliance in the saddle.
Generally, us punters are enormously fickle beings, scatter-brained is another bad trait we possess – always looking to make a quick buck, posting abuse before we know the facts, why the horse got beaten.
9 out of 10 times the jockey is not at fault for a horse getting beaten however that doesn’t stop us posting damaging remarks, with Moore high on the list for abuse which is wide off the mark, believe it or not Moore is only human too.
Moore hasn’t associated himself with one of the leading racing papers since 2015 because of an article they wrote, stating his minor injury would keep him out of action for the rest of the season, which in fact, was incorrect, Moore claimed that article cost him immense rides around the globe.
At the end of the day not everyone wants to be a showman, like Dettori, but that doesn’t make them any less professional, everyone is different.
Instead of looking for the negatives in racing we should be celebrating seeing one of the very best jockeys in the world riding in the UK and Ireland, on a daily basis. In years to come it’s almost certain that Moore will go down as one of the greatest jockeys of our generation, so sit back and embrace the Moore magic in the saddle while we still have him in all his splendour.