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'It's like being at the Battle of Hastings with a machine gun'

Patrick Mullins: in a jovial mood after winning another amateur riders' championship
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I needed all the wins in the professional races to see off Jamie. It’s very hard for him coming to Punchestown. When I’m riding for Willie at this meeting it’s like being at the Battle of Hastings with a machine gun – it’s a bit of an unfair advantage
Patrick Mullins jokes after thwarting the challenge of Jamie Codd in a season-long tussle for the amateur riders’ championship

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The only person in the north of England who has high-grade staying horses is Mark Johnston. If you were to survey the top 20 to 30 yards, there must be a very small pool of horses who are rated over 90, stay over a mile and a half and are four years of age or beyond
David O'Meara voices his concerns over losing many of his higher-rated horses to race overseas

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I was at Gulfstream. He walked up to me, poked me in the chest and said: 'F*** you, man!
Thady Gosden recalls an encounter with former boss Bob Baffert

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He's going to win a big one very soon, hopefully. It's not every day you get to ride one like that
Adam McNamara speaks glowingly of Dragon Symbol following his impressive victory at Hamilton

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Humans and animals are not immortal, but his life came to an end suddenly and left a massive hole in mine. It just reinforces the importance of Robin Williams' advice in Dead Poets Society to seize the day – we have to appreciate the things we love while we can.
Trainer John Berry reminisces on the wonderful effect Roy Rocket had on his life

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My father told me once I would be a really rich man if I was able to go to a job I liked every day. By that account, I’m a millionaire many times over
Tampa Bay Downs commentator Richard Grunder speaks about his job after calling his 37,587th and final race

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It's been a privilege. It's a great thing for everyone here in raising the profile of the racecourse after what's been a tortuous 18 months
A proud Rebecca Davies, executive director at Worcester, speaks after the racecourse is featured on ITV for the first time this century

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'I suppose Tiger will have to wait until he's 17 to try to win his third'

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

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

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