Quotes of the week: a champion retires and a trainer misses his team's big night
His exact words to me on the phone that day were, 'Now, that’s that over with – I want everybody around me to be positive going forwards', and that’s exactly how he’s conducted himself throughout the whole thing, and to be honest, it’s his mental toughness that’s served him so well through it all. He’s an inspiration to all.
Agent Kevin O’Ryan on the day he learned of Pat Smullen’s cancer diagnosis
Congrats on an amazing career @patjsmullen Multiple champion jockey . . . but you’ve proved more than ever in the last year what a champion you really are. Happy retirement – some enjoy it more than others!
Fellow multiple champion Sir Anthony McCoy tweets his well wishes
Pat was second to none both as a jockey and a horseman. As a human being he has inspired people all over the world, especially with the way he has dealt with and spoken about his illness.
Another champion, Aidan O’Brien, pays tribute to Smullen
The Grey Gatsby looking great and enjoying a polo from previous owner Frank Gillespie f @PetitTellieri should have fresh breath for his next date! On target for another century plus book of mares f f @bloodstocknewsi f @RacingPosti f @francesirei pic.twitter.com/wz3IjMST3X— Richard Venn (@RVennBloodstock) May 11, 2019
When I realised I wouldn’t be able to go to Liverpool’s game against Barcelona as it clashed with my wife Elaine’s birthday – I’d forgotten all about it!
Trainer Karl Burke revealed the low point of his week in his Racing Post Weekender column
“Working for @itvracing hasn’t changed me at all, I’m still so grounded and down to earth...”— Sally Ann Grassick (@sagrassick) May 10, 2019
Doing my best diva impression for Dan Abraham’s camera while my poor floor manager Jonesy had to carry my umbrella @ChesterRaces today! pic.twitter.com/OcohqdfeHW
It’s sad to hear the news. Freddie was a star of an owner, he really was. He sent us Miinnehoma in 1989 and his first words to me were, ‘I want to win the Grand National’. I replied, ‘The horse hasn’t even jumped yet!’
Martin Pipe paying tribute to Grand National-winning owner Freddie Starr who died this week
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