January 18, 2006 at 12:57 #2402dandanMember
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El Tiger, massive drifter on course and on Betfair. Apparently matched @50/1 in running but a whole pile of cash was requested then at 11.0 on the exchanges, was this a clever in-running and s.p. gamble or what? The man`s a bloody legend if he managed to pull that one off! Does anyone have the inside track???January 18, 2006 at 13:43 #68467Racing DailyParticipant
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Was there any money for it on the three occasions at HQ where it finished plum last?January 18, 2006 at 14:14 #68468Gigginstown ManMember
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What a legend he is anyway .January 18, 2006 at 14:24 #68469dandanMember
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My God, he`s just done the opposite with his newcomer being backed from 9/1 into 7/2 in the 2.10, slowly away and always detacthed!!!!!!!! Unbelievable!!!!!!!!January 18, 2006 at 14:36 #68470Racing DailyParticipant
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There is no excuse for ever giving away your money on Curley horses … don’t play any of ’em.<br>I just watch. I’ve seen enough over the years to know when i’m beat LOLJanuary 18, 2006 at 16:15 #68471Maxilon 5Member
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He is not a legend. IMO, he pretty much renders races where he has a runner as "no bet" contests for most even semi-serious punters.
thedarknight has the obvious solution where races including Barney Curley is concerned. I agree entirely.
Second guessing the lapsed Jesuit is like attempting the Rubiks cube after ten pints and a vodka nightcap.January 18, 2006 at 16:34 #68472clivexMember
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Those who think taht this kind of rubbish is somehow admirable might like to consider the current public image of the game, and what that means in the face of competition from other betting mediums
The "legends" in racing are those who at the very, least, produce horses that always run to the maximum of their ability
And i dont give a toss what he does in africa :angry:January 18, 2006 at 19:19 #68473LingfieldMember
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I’ve no time for the "operators" of the game.<br>Trying to second guess them is a waste of time and money. The betting market is also distorted when they have a runner.<br>To my mind the gap between their "priveliged inside information" and what is in the public domain is unacceptably large and highlights the inadequacies of the sport’s regulators.<br>Yes, they take the mick out of the bookies but also show disdain for punters in general.<br>All adds to the tawdry image of racing with the uninitiated general public.January 18, 2006 at 19:52 #68474
The handicap system encourages cheating. If you were a trainer and consistently ran your moderate horses to the best of their ability they would be in ‘the grip’ of the handicapper. <br>Bookies don’t always shorten a price when "inside money" is on. Not being a gambling expert I do not know why. Perhaps only a few know about it.January 18, 2006 at 20:45 #68475trevorgeeParticipant
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Why does Jamie Spencer seem to ride most of BC’s ?
He surely doesn’t need the rides but could do without getting involved in any adverse publicityJanuary 18, 2006 at 20:54 #68476
All jockeys want winners.January 18, 2006 at 20:57 #68477
That’s why most do as they are told.January 18, 2006 at 21:15 #68478highflyer1Participant
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Maybe it’s because BC was the man who persuaded him to cross the Irish Sea as a 17-year-old and set him on the road to fame and fortune. It’s good to see that the young man has a genuine sense of gratitude towards his ‘father figure’.January 18, 2006 at 22:19 #68479roryParticipant
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Highflyer1 is of course correct ~ I believe Spencer even rode over hurdles as a conditional for Curley several years ago, and that was after he’d won a classic!September 23, 2006 at 12:14 #3032GlennParticipant
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Someone may remember me making the Henry Kissinger satire analogy a couple of years back when Paul Haigh nominated Barney Curley for a pride of racing award.
Apparently he wasn’t kidding. Haigh still thinks the man that makes any race in which he has a runner virtually unplayable should get the gong. What’s more he’s so worried that Thommo will outpoint Curley that, like a jujitsu warrior, he’s fired the Kissinger quip right back at the great man.
Here starts the Anyone But Curley (ABC) campaign and I say we all vote for the consumate professional Derek ‘Thommo’ Thompson. Come on, what harm has he ever done you?
Sure Curley has, very publicly, provided some short-term relief in Africa but ultimately it’s people like him that are the cause of Africa’s problems not their solution. No doubt some kids have benefitted greatly from Curley improving the ‘characters, not known for their transparency or straight bat tendencies, who have amassed great wealth from obfuscated operating’ Balance of Payments deficit that is Africa’s bane. It was looking like it was all gonna be one-way traffic, in the direction of Mayfair penthouses for African officials at one point. But really….
Let’s all get behind Thommo. A man, who when it came to be counted, stepped up to the plate and told it exactly how he recalled it with Haigh’s pal Failon. A testimony that didn’t bring any perjury charges.
Let’s all vote for the Big Fella.
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