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Right jockey

Posted by David FG on May 02, 2010 at 06:19

In Reply to: Right jockey posted by Linda on May 01, 2010 at 11:59:

: What is the meaning and origin of the phrase 'you've got the right jockey but the wrong horse'?

It's not a phrase I am familiar with, but I imagine it means that in a given situation you have the right person in charge to deal with whatever it might be, but he (or she) doesn't have the right tools or team or whatever to carry out the task.

The origins would be racing: it is no use having the world's best jockey on a broken-winded old nag.