Ryan Moore Derby Exclusive: BHA deserve credit for Gina Mangan decision
The BHA have controversially decided that Gina Mangan is too inexperienced to ride in Saturday's Epsom Derby, but Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore believes they deserve credit for acting in the best interests of racing welfare...
"In this game you can't take safety for granted, and you would have been asking the horse and jockey to do something at Epsom that they simply weren't equipped to do."
The BHA gets its fair share of criticism but in the main they do a very good job in difficult circumstances, and I think they have to be congratulated in deciding that Gina Mangan isn't allowed to ride in Saturday's Epsom Derby.
So credit where it is due - and it is definitely due to the BHA here.
They have done the right thing by the horse, Diore Lia, and, while Gina Mangan may not appreciate it at the moment, they have done the right thing by the jockey, too.
This is a dangerous game, as we unfortunately see far too often, and you simply couldn't allow an inexperienced horse and rider to be placed into the situation that they would have been at Epsom on Saturday.
Who is to say what would have happened in front of a massive, worldwide TV audience?
More than anything, the BHA has done the correct thing for the horse and jockey, as much as the sport and the other participants in the race.
In this game you can't take safety for granted, and you would have been asking the horse and jockey to do something at Epsom that they simply weren't equipped to do. And whether or not the horse should even be allowed to run with an experienced jockey on board is highly debatable, too.
It is not quite like turning up at the start of the Formula One race driving a tractor, but it isn't far off.
Perhaps more accurate would be sending someone out to war after they had only had experience in the army reserves.
They just wouldn't be able to handle the pressure, and magnitude, of the situation and they would put others at risk as a result.
This is about welfare, plain and simple, and common sense has won out. So well done the BHA.