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'The kidneys are fine, which is amazing given what I'd done to them'

David Evans is now teetotal and loving life
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We saw there were only six others confirmed and then people complain about prize-money, I just find it stupid
David Menuisier criticises the growing trend of small fields in British Group 1 races after only seven were initially declared for the Eclipse

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As long as there are bookmakers and punters, the gamble involving Destriero and The Illiad at Cheltenham will go down as one of the great stories. It's up there with any Barney Curley story. He was a great advert for the game. You only have to look at him paying the tax man so he could come to Cheltenham – who else would do that?
Mike Dillon, former director of public relations at Ladbrokes, on the legacy Noel Furlong leaves behind following his death at the age of 83

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I went to put my foot on the clutch and I couldn't lift my foot up. My left arm went really heavy and weak and I couldn't touch the gearstick or anything. And then my speech started to go as well
Conditional jockey Aidan Macdonald, who is keen to return later this year, relives the shock of suffering a stroke at the age of just 21 

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I want to share the adventure with people and really promote a different image of horseracing. There are an awful lot of people who think it's a sport reserved for millionaires, and that's really not the case. You can take five per cent in a horse, you can bet on a race, there are loads of different ways of getting involved
NBA all-star Tony Parker reveals his ambition to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

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There are two jockeys – and thankfully only two – who very much believe women should be at the kitchen sink
Leonna Mayor recalls a couple of instances of sexist abuse she has endured in her career

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If you'd seen where I'd fallen from, you'd see I got away lightly. I'm lucky, I mend quite quickly!
Trainer Geoff Harker was back at Thirsk, his local track, for the first time since falling 20 feet through a shed roof on to concrete in April

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The kidneys are fine, which is amazing given what I'd done to them. The specialist said that while he'd usually advise somebody in that state that they could have a couple of drinks when they felt like it, with me he just said I should never drink again
Royal Ascot-winning trainer David Evans remembers his battles with alcoholism

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More from the Quotes of the Week series:

'I'd never go back to the supermarket - who wants to queue up and waste time?'

'The meeting was sure to be off. We were only coming here to have lunch'

'All I can think about is food. Do normal people feel like that?'

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

'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'


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You only have to look at him paying the tax man so he could come to Cheltenham – who else would do that?
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