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'I can't wait to lie on a beach knowing the telephone isn't going to ring'

Charlie Mann is looking forward to retiring from training next month
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I've been saying for five or six years that I can't really compete, and that's why I've been looking more and more to the Flat. I can't buy these Grade 1 horses and we're taking on Ferraris with Fords
Alan King is not surprised at the 23-5 beating Irish-trained horses gave their British counterparts at Cheltenham last week

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She had an affinity with horses – it was unreal. She was Borderlescott's work-rider and rode him out all the time. She was the main person behind him
Robin Bastiman speaks affectionately after the death of his daughter and trainer Rebecca aged 40

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He's a cracking little horse. Charbel was quick as a novice hurdler but this lad has gears. I think he will go far
David Bass talks highly of the Julie and David Martin-owned Ajero after an impressive four-timer at Huntingdon

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I'm terrified of the future – I may have to move abroad to do this job
Professional punter Neil Channing voices his concern over the prospect of affordability checks affecting his work

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It drove us mad that a horse who had as much ability as him ended up behaving as he did. He was a big character – great and bad – and we managed to try to get the best tune out of him during what was an interesting and funny career
Sam Twiston-Davies recalls the career of lovable rogue Mad Moose in the latest instalment of our Fans' Favourites series

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Throughout the lockdown me and my son have been out in the garden dancing to the Moonshadow. When I got involved with horseracing, I was having a dream and I woke up screaming 'Moonshadow! Moonshadow!'
Bez from the Happy Mondays explains the naming of his filly Mystic Moonshadow, who is being readied for a debut this spring

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I can't wait until I can lie on a beach for seven days knowing the telephone isn't going to ring with the head lad telling me my best horse has broken down, one of the grooms hasn't turned up for work and the BHA is doing a bloody yard inspection! You can't get away from it – it's relentless
Charlie Mann reveals his reasons for departing the training ranks next month

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More from the Quotes of the Week series:

'I was in a dark place but was enticed back with unfinished business'

'I only went racing as I had a free ticket – and I came away with £1.4 million'

'He's relentless. He keeps going every single day and clocks up miles and miles'

'I feel like one of those surfers on the Californian coast riding a giant wave'

'As a handicapper it's amazing how quickly you get used to being despised'

'I was going to be parachuted in like James Bond and land in the parade ring'

'That is shambolic. If you've backed those horses I apologise to you'

'All I could hear in my ear from the director was this uncontrollable laughter'

'You're called a lazy f***** for not getting up off your arse' - what they said

'Above all he was a true aristocrat, a true prince in everything he did'

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Throughout the lockdown me and my son have been out in the garden dancing to the Moonshadow
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