Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Camera-Shy Moore Set to Enter Derby Picture; Champion Jockey Will Let His Riding Do the Talking as He Bids for a First Victory in the World's Most Famous Race at Epsom on Saturday

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Camera-Shy Moore Set to Enter Derby Picture; Champion Jockey Will Let His Riding Do the Talking as He Bids for a First Victory in the World's Most Famous Race at Epsom on Saturday

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Byline: Simon Milham

FRANKIE DETTORI transcends wins and losses. He makes the brand. There is no bigger personality in racing. Yet no one criticises when he chooses to increasingly shun the media.

"I'm ... a bit different," says champion jockey Ryan Moore. "I've never liked going in front of the cameras."

And as a result, he's had to endure some harsh brickbats. "After the first time I'd given an interview on TV as an apprentice, the head lad said to me 'Well, that didn't go very well, did it?'

"And that was it. So I won't do it. It's not me," he adds almost apologetically. He even jokes that he hasn't "been given any guidance" from the impressively taciturn trainer Sir Michael Stoute, who retains his services.

However, Moore realises that he can no longer creep virtually unnoticed into the parade ring, ride the big winners and then simply break for cover.

"That's not good enough any more," he admits. "The media have a job to do. So do I. You don't have time to worry about the criticism. You just have to get it out of your mind and get on with it. I'm just not comfortable with the cameras. Some people are."

The attention is quickly deflected. "In any case, Frankie has a good 10 years left," says Moore. "He's still got to feed his family and he's still the best."

It is said with conviction and sincerity, typical traits according his agent Tony Hind. "Ryan's the best jockey around and he's a lovely lad with it," he said. "I was asked the other day if I'd watched Britain's Got Talent. I replied 'Yes. I watch Ryan Moore every day!'"

There is nothing false about the reluctant hero, who landed the jockeys' championship for the first time in 2006, before injury forced him to relinquish the crown to joint winners Jamie Spencer and Seb Sanders in 2007.

He reclaimed it last term with an impressive haul of 189 winners and bookmakers offer 1-16 that the Berkshire-born 25-year-old will retain it. Moore has a more pressing goal this weekend -- to win his first Classic.

What would mean most to him, another championship or winning an Epsom Derby? "A Derby, I suppose," he says, without too much conviction. …

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