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'Then he went 150-1 and I said, 'For feck sake, I have to have a bit of that''

Connections of Freewheelin Dylan after an 150-1 shocker in the Irish Grand National
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If Dickie Johnson has a bad word to say about you, then there's something wrong with you
Sir Anthony McCoy pays tribute to his great rival Richard Johnson, who retired from the saddle last week

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Richard has been such a great asset to myself, my wife Sarah, our horses, the owners and the yard. I hope we have been an asset to him as well. I could never have wished to have anyone else as our jockey. He has been phenomenal
Philip Hobbs also pays tribute to the man he shared many happy racing moments with

Read the full Richard Johnson tribute from Hobbs here

I backed him at 66-1 and I thought that was a hell of a price. Then he went out to 100-1 and I thought, ‘What is wrong with people?’ Then he went 150-1 and I said, ‘Ah for feck sake, I have to have a bit of that as well’
Owner Sheila Mangan admits she couldn't believe the price of her 150-1 Irish Grand National winner Freewheelin Dylan

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It's been my strapline for ages. When people say about one of my horses, 'Oh, he's got a good chance tomorrow,' I tell them, 'No chance, my first winner as a permit-holder will be in the Grand National
Trainer Georgie Howell was brilliantly bullish ahead of Sub Lieutenant's run in the Grand National earlier this week

Read the full feature with her daughter Tabitha Worsley here

Whenever I visited Sandringham to look at horses with the Queen, Prince Philip always asked on our return how the yearlings and foals were developing. He was also a man of impeccable manners. On one occasion I had a long phone call, at the end of which I realised he had been waiting patiently to say goodbye before he went back to London
The Queen's racing advisor John Warren recalls his fond memories of the Duke of Edinburgh following his sad death

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More than anything, he served the Queen and country with incredible dedication and loyalty. I think he deserves, and we should all be saying, an enormous thank you to him
Nicky Henderson also pays tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh

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I went to Spain for a week 15 years ago. That was my last holiday. Really, you see, I have a holiday every day because I'm doing things I like doing. I'm very lucky. I live every day and I love every day
Grand National-winning owner Trevor Hemmings speaks of his lust for life

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Jeepers creepers, he's had a good season – he's won a Welsh Grand National, which was always an ambition of mine, so I've no issues missing out on Aintree. Let's hope it's a good race and, most importantly, a safe one for every horse and rider
A philosophical Evan Williams on Secret Reprieve's failure to make the cut for the Grand National

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Oh what a recovery! My word. Not great for technical merit over the fence, but top marks for artistic impression – I think his heel was over his ear then
A gobsmacked Richard Hoiles following Sam Twiston-Davies's miraculous sit on Master Tommytucker in the Melling Chase

Watch and read about the amazing recovery here


More from the Quotes of the Week series:

'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'

'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'


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Not great for technical merit over the fence, but top marks for artistic impression – I think his heel was over his ear then
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