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Ryan Moore

Estimate StouteRyan Moore is considered by many as one of the best jockeys in the world, but he does also get his fair share of stick from plenty of punters, and I’m not quite sure why.

Every single one of Moore’s rides is watched by so many and most of the time, people will back him blind or expect him to win in almost every race he competes in.

Of course, Moore is in one of the best jobs in racing as he is stable jockey to Aidan O’Brien now and when he doesn’t have a ride for the master Irish trainer, he teams up with old boss Sir Michael Stoute and many others.

One ride I would say Moore did get things wrong this year was on The Gurka at Royal Ascot. He just wasn’t in the right position in a messy race and got no sort of luck in running either.

Other than that though, I think he is riding as well as ever this season and this is coming from someone who doesn’t tend to back him too much as I feel his rides are often a fair bit shorter in the market than they should be.

It’s similar to the AP McCoy factor over the jumps.

In the current Flat Jockeys title, Moore is operating at a strike rate of 21%, which is only matched by Frankie Dettori on any jockey to have ridden more than 10 winners this season.

He is way ahead of anyone in terms of prize money as well with over £3million earned at the time of writing this article.

That’s just in the UK as well. Don’t forget he has had many successful days in Ireland this season already as well.

He probably won’t be Champion Jockey this season, but Moore is clever and knows that he doesn’t need to travel all the way around the country on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays as he always has the chance to sit on top class horses at the bigger meetings. That is why I think he often rides these big race winners. He’s on the best horse, yes, but is also often fresh and fitter than most when it comes to a big Saturday.

I had a message from someone the other day saying: “Ryan Moore has been shocking this season”.

I then looked into the stats and saw his prize money, strike rate and total number of big races won and couldn’t believe people were criticising.

If you were to watch every jockey in every race like you watch Ryan Moore, I think you’ll find he makes far less mistakes than most, but his arte often highlighted much more than anyone else.

What makes this sport great is the power of debate and everyone’s opinion. I might get a fair bit of stick for this, but for me, Ryan Moore is a long way ahead of anyone else in the weighing room when it comes to those big races.

I admire Silvestre De Sousa for the way he rides and he can seem to get the same tune out of a 55 rated horse as he can one rated 105.

But, talking about those big Group 1 races, I’d take Ryan Moore all day long.

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