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Quotes of the week: 'You are all absolutely mad for me to retire!'

Too Darn Hot stretches his legs behind his lead horse Whitlock on the Newmarket gallops
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You are all absolutely mad for me to retire! The plan is the same as always, I will take it one year at a time and it is nice to get this one out of the way. I am looking forward to taking a break and thinking about things. We'll see
Donnacha O'Brien when asked whether he may be imminently retiring from the saddle following the finale of the Irish Flat season

He's been Too Darn Hot's lead horse on the gallops, but I think he's missing him, so maybe Too Darn Hot should come here for the Triumph instead of going to stud
Nicky Henderson on new recruit Whitlock, who was previously bought by Lord Lloyd-Webber to assist with the training of Too Darn Hot before his retirement 

I'd carry on even if I wasn't champion. I had 20 years of getting used to not being champion, so I think I'd cope
Champion jump jockey Richard Johnson is in no mood to retire, even if he loses his title

It was a fitting send off and he performed so well. He’s a beautiful horse and I’m pleased to see him pull up well. He’s special and has been the captain of our racing squad for the last few years
Trainer James Cummings after stable stalwart Hartnell finished a gallant third in the Mackinnon Stakes before a well-deserved retirement

Of course it's a difficult conversation to have. It can be embarrassing for the customer but it shouldn't feel embarrassing to us because we're provided with great training on how to approach a customer about their gambling. The bond is key. You know them on a personal level and see them every day so they trust you to look out for them. In general they take it on board and appreciate it
Betting Shop Manager of the Year Lorraine Archibald on the importance of confronting and dealing with problem gambling

I've been at this for 41 years and still love it. If you didn't enjoy training this bunch of horses there'd be something wrong with you
Nicky Henderson maintains his unfailing passion for training racehorses as the jumps season starts to hit full flow


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He's been Too Darn Hot's lead horse on the gallops, but I think he's missing him, so maybe Too Darn Hot should come here for the Triumph instead
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