Of course, being spoiled for choice has always been an occupational hazard for the first jockey at Ballydoyle. Mick Kinane, Johnny Murtagh, Kieren Fallon, Joseph O’Brien – they all rode the ‘wrong’ one occasionally.
This season alone Moore has been on the ‘wrong’ one in the 1,000 Guineas and the 2,000 Guineas but Hermosa put that right in Sunday’s Irish 1,000 Guineas.
Indeed it happened in the Derby in 2017 when he rode O’Brien’s Cliffs of Moher, only for the stable’s 40-1 outsider Wings of Eagles under stable work-rider Paddy Beggy to sweep past him deep inside the final furlong. No one, not even Gypsy Rose Lee in her palm-reading caravan on Tattenham Hill, saw that coming.
“Of course you have to hope you’re on the right one,” he points out. “But I’ve been there before. Sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it doesn’t. You want to ride the right one but there’s no point in worrying about it. We’ve got to run them to find out which is the best. It’s the most important race, I want to win it. I’m certainly not going to go out with the mindset that I’ve picked the wrong one.”
Any disappointment will be assuaged by the fact that he is part of one of the most successful set-ups in racing history and the knowledge that if he does not ride the winner for Ballydoyle on Saturday he will, at least, ride it next time out.
“I spend a bit of time at Ballydoyle in the spring,” he says. “I wish I could spend more time there. It’s incredible. Occasionally I’ll ride the wrong one but it is fantastic just to be part of it, it’s very special. The whole thing works so well. I’ve been riding for Aidan for 10 years. We have a good relationship, plenty of trust. We know what to expect of each other.”
- The Investec Derby on Saturday June1 is part of the 2019 QIPCO British Champions Series. For more info please visit britishchampionsseries.com