Today I am thrilled to bring to you an interview with Jamie Moore. From such a huge racing family, I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to Jamie about all things racing!
Me: What is your favourite race of your career, win or lose?
Jamie: The Grand National
Me: If you could ride any horse that you never have, past or present, who would you choose?
Jamie: Red Rum
Me: What are your opinions surrounding the discussions of banning the whip?
Jamie: I think it’s a load of rubbish. I think it’s a part of the art of riding. Whip technique is a skill and we keep it safe as the rules are very good in this country. And it doesn’t hurt the horses.
Me: Who do you look up to in the weighing room?
Jamie: Richard Johnson and Ryan Moore.
Me: What is one race you’d love to win?
Jamie: The Grand National.
Me: Of course, you’re from a huge racing family, do you ever feel any pressure due to the success of the Moore name within racing?
Jamie: There’s not pressure. We all do our best and we all know how hard we try. The success is sweeter, but when it goes wrong it hurts more.
Me: On from that, what is the best piece of advice you’ve been given from Ryan, Josh, Hayley or your dad Gary?
Jamie: There is no real stand out from any, but we always help each other with little things when we can. Josh is always the best for advice.
Me: How is Goshen? Personally, where would you like to see him go next?
Jamie: He’s fine. I’d like to see him go to Sandown next month.
Me: One of the best photos, in my opinion, from Cheltenham is the photo of AP McCoy leaving his ITV podium to come and console you after the incident with Goshen, what was his words of wisdom to you in that moment? How did you feel to have one of the greatest jockeys in our time to give up his time out to come and speak with you?
Jamie: He just told me to keep my chin up. I just kept telling him I’m a d*ckhead. He’s the greatest jockey ever but he is also a mate who I rode against a lot. He knew what I was going through so it was very kind of him, but that is the sort of fella he is.
Me: You seem very close with your Dad in terms of the sport, are you looking forward to a potential future within training like your dad or is that not something you have ever thought about?
Jamie: I love the training side of things and I love just plainly riding horses – whether it is racing or training and I will always be at our stables helping out.
Me: What would you say to anyone who thinks racing is animal cruelty?
Jamie: Jog on and keep your nose out. If you don’t like it then ignore it. Come and see how our horses are looked after. When you see ponies and horses chucked in muddy fields with no grass with their ears flat back in the rain – They don’t have much of a life.
Me: What would be your ‘horse to watch’ for the next season or two?
Jamie: High Definition.
Me: What is your favourite race course to ride at and why?
Jamie: Sandown is a lovely track. You can see over all of London to spectate and watch them jumping down the back straight. It’s a great race course.
Me: What is your best advice for young people who have a passion they want to follow, whether that be racing or something else?
Jamie: Be a student of whatever it may be, whether it’s sport, medicine, journalism, whatever it is. Read books and learn everything you possibly can to be the best you possible can be in your chosen field. Never stop learning. Watch the best and learn from the best.
Firstly, as always, I would like to thank Jamie for taking time out of his day to speak with me all things racing. I hope everyone enjoyed this post as much as I did speaking with Jamie and getting this post wrote up.
I will be back Wednesday (13/01/2021) at 6pm with an interview with Julie Camacho. So I shall see you all then!