28 February 2006

Out on a limb

Senior Irish Turf Club Steward Pierce Molony knows who his master is:
"The punter is the one who generates the revenue stream and it is from that stream that everything else flows: prize money, racecourse development, the desire for breeders to produce the right horses and the desire of people to have horses in training."

19 February 2006

"You are a f- - -ing c - -t..."

Craig Young is always entertaining: "Chief steward Ray Murrihy then asked what exact words were used. Irvine replied: 'You are a f- - -ing c - -t and I don't have to' [reveal the names of those who had backed the horse]. But the bookmaker did anyway.

"Irvine alleged Noonan threatened him and recalled asking the bagman, 'What? Have someone beat me?' To which the punter claimed the bookmaker replied: 'No. I'll do worse than that.'"

16 February 2006

Pincay, Santa Anita stay out of court

"Laffit Pincay, the world's winningest rider with 9,530 victories, has "settled a lawsuit with Santa Anita regarding the spill that ended his career nearly three years ago.