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'There has been no greater influence on my life or my career than Barney Curley'

Barney Curley and Tom Queally: the legendary figure had a massive influence on the jockey's career
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It has hit me hard, it's like losing a best friend. He was due to come back to me for his retirement – and I didn't want it to end this way
Daryl Jacob speaks of his deep sadness at the death of the much-loved Top Notch

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Would I change what I went through? Absolutely not. It's made me who I am today and taught me success is not a number of achievements, it's to be content with life
Conditional jockey Lucy Barry opens up about her mental and physical struggles as a jockey following her retirement from the saddle

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Shaamit won the first Saturday Derby and they pulled it back to 2.25 because the first game of the European Football Championship started at three o'clock [England 1 – 1 Switzerland]. I thought then, f**k me, is that where we're heading?
William Haggas recalls his memories with his Derby hero as he suggests the great race should revert to a midweek slot

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They used to think I was mad for letting a racehorse loose in the yard. He was very honest, though. There was an enormous understanding and trust between us. I knew he wouldn't let me down. He was a good old boy
David Elsworth fondly remembers his people's champion Persian Punch as part of the Racing Post's Great Stayers series

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I remember watching the Flying Childers from the paddock at Doncaster and as he went past in front of me, I turned away thinking he'd won, which I'll never do again
Charlie Hills speaks about Cotai Glory's bizarre defeat at Doncaster as part of the Racing Post's Wacky Races series

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Apart from my family and my parents there has been no greater influence on my life or my career than Barney Curley and there are no ifs, buts or maybes about that
Tom Queally pays tribute to the great Barney Curley, who died earlier this week at the age of 81

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I could talk for a week about all the things we did and all the things he taught me – he was everything to me. I left Italy on my own and he was responsible for getting me the job with John Gosden in my early 20s. He guided me right through to the end
Frankie Dettori also remembers the importance that Curley had on his illustrious career

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Maybe he’s being trained better. Maybe. Australian trainers, I believe, are the best in the world and they significantly improve these European horses
Peter Moody makes a bold call that Anabel Neasham is a better trainer than Sir Michael Stoute after Zaaki's Doomben Cup victory

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Everyone who has been involved in keeping the show on the road behind closed doors – they have all paid attention to every single detail. That’s why racing has come through this in good shape. A huge thank you is deserved to everyone who made this happen
Curragh boss Pat Keogh thanks all involved in Irish racing as it was announced the Curragh was selected for a pilot initiative

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More from the Quotes of the Week series:

'When Frankie is having a big day I would rather be in Alcatraz'

'All hell broke loose, but it was perfect. Grown men were crying that day'

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

'England needs Ireland and Ireland needs England to make competitive racing'

'I hate bookmakers. They sponsor a few races and everyone thinks they're great'

'When you see your face on papers in Japan and China you know it's different'

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

'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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