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'It was a savage piece of work with some good horses - he just blew them away'

Nico de Boinville: one of the many to pay tribute to the great Altior last week
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I didn't expect to see her and there might have been an expletive! When I make a plan I tend to stick to it and wasn't going to waver. Team Valor's Barry Irwin was quite cross with me when he saw Love declared. I got a lecture about what I was thinking but I told him I thought she was good enough.
Paddy Twomey's judgement was spot on as La Petite Coco rewarded his faith by defeating Love in the Blandford Stakes

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That’s why they put rubbers on the top of pencils. People make mistakes. Today was a Group 1 day and he got it spot on
Eddie Lynam praises the ride of Chris Hayes on Flying Five Stakes winner Romantic Proposal

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He thinks he's the king of the castle and as good as Frankel; he struts around the Heath like he owns the place. We'll sometimes see Stradivarius and he'll give him a right eyeful
Rosie Margarson speaks about the antics of Caribbean Spring – aka Bean – on the Newmarket gallops

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I've been very lucky in my career to ride for some great people who have been very loyal. I was very spoiled and probably achieved more than I should have
Danny Cook reflects on his career after he was forced to retire from the saddle this week

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It completely ignores the 7,000-plus staff that work in the racing yards, it is a slap in the face to all of those working in the industry
Nars boss George McCrath strongly criticises the amount of racing in Britain after next year's fixtures were released

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He's going out at the top and ran a wonderful race at the end of last season in the Celebration Chase at Sandown, never flinching and running his heart out
An emotional Nicky Henderson pays tribute to the great Altior following his retirement

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I worked him up the Faringdon Road gallop in Lambourn one day and it was frightening. It was before the Sandown race and it was a savage piece of work with some good horses – he just blew them away
One of Altior's jockeys, Noel Fehily, recalls an impressive piece of work by the star

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More from the Quotes of the Week series:

'It's a form of madness buying horses nobody wants and trying to beat O'Brien'

'It's quite creepy someone was watching and knew exactly what they wanted'

'I could be riding at Newbury and three hours later making everyone steaks'

'You know they're cowards hiding behind a keyboard and lost £2.50 on a horse'

'I've had wonderful owners all through my career, but they're dropping away'

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That’s why they put rubbers on the top of pencils. People make mistakes
E.W. Terms