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By:
Anaglogs Daughter
When: 04 Aug 10 23:05
Michael Purcell on Laetitia LaughLaughLaughLaugh
By:
Anaglogs Daughter
When: 04 Aug 10 23:12
AMATEUR jockey Michael Purcell was yesterday banned for 50 days and fined E2,000 - a record suspension and unprecedented financial penalty for an amateur rider - at Cork under the non-trier rule, writes Brian Fleming. Purcell, a Limerick-based auctioneer, was hammered under Rule 212 for not attaining the best possible placing on Laetitia, who was runner up behind her Charles Byrnes trained stablemate Alpha Royale in the first division of the bumper.

Laetitia went down by a length to her stablemate, who started at 7-1 after being well supported, but at one point had looked certain to wear down the eventual winner.

After a 75-minute stewards' inquiry, Purcell's mount was banned from racing for 60 days, but Byrnes escaped any penalty after giving his evidence, having claimed he was not satisfied with Purcell's ride. His explanation was noted by the stewards.

Tipperary-born Purcell, 28, who didn't ride in the second division of the bumper after claiming to be dehydrated said in his defence: ``I'm totally unfit, to be honest, and got unbalanced in the closing stages.

``I'm an office man and only ride about once a fortnight

Even when I gave my mount a slap, I actually missed. I just wasn't up to it.''

His comments would have fallen on deaf ears of the punters who had backed the five-year-old, who started at 14-1.

On returning to the winner's enclosure, the jockey was booed by many racegoers.

Purcell was also the subject of several critical emails sent to At The Races At The Races who broadcast the race live.
By:
JustinDaffodil
When: 04 Aug 10 23:18
Kerrin McEvoy - Echo Of Light.
By:
dewey
When: 04 Aug 10 23:19
Simon Burrough - Just So
By:
JustinDaffodil
When: 04 Aug 10 23:23
Jamie Spencer - Powerscourt.
By:
AussiInUK
When: 05 Aug 10 00:02
I have the granddaddy of them all, noone can beat this.

Anthony Knott -
By:
AussiInUK
When: 05 Aug 10 00:03
Wise men say
By:
paddyirishman
When: 05 Aug 10 00:04
brian o conell dunguib
By:
Slippy Blue
When: 05 Aug 10 00:06
Pizarro was a truly diabolical decision. The roar went up in the ring when the result stood. A truly horrendous decision.
By:
ima_mazed66
When: 05 Aug 10 01:03
Jamie Spencer rode Pizarro and it should have been thrown out and apparently he was in a rush to get away to fly to Dubai.

Mark Pitman on Garrison Savannah in the 1991 Gold Cup.....although the ride on him in the Grand National that year was quite memorable too I suppose.

Jason Titley on Royal Athlete in the 1995 Grand National the year Jenny Pitman had 6 runners in the race being Garrison Savannah, Superior Finish, Do Be Brief, Esha Ness and Lusty Light, with Lusty Light being her shortest priced one falling at the first fence!
By:
Shalimah
When: 05 Aug 10 09:28
Paddy Broderick = Night Nurse

David Goulding = Eckbalco

P.Enniss = Slippery Dick
By:
richardf
When: 05 Aug 10 09:33
John Thorne - Spartan Missile
By:
richardf
When: 05 Aug 10 09:33
..........not for one horse, but felt this should be added!

Beltran de Osorio y Diez de Rivera, the “Iron” Duke of Albuquerque (1919-1994), was a Spanish aristocrat obsessed with horse-racing. After receiving a film of the Grand National as a gift for his eighth birthday, the Corinthian Duke set his sight on England’s greatest equestrian prize: “I said then that I would win that race one day,” he later recalled. He nearly died trying.

The amateur jockey entered the National seven times with impressively consistent results. Generally he would start with the others, gallop briefly and then wake up in the Royal Liverpool Infirmary (where apparently he always booked a private room when he rode in the race). Each year, Peter O’Sullevan would gravely intone: “And the Duke of Albuquerque’s gone”. On his first attempt in 1952, he fell from his horse at the sixth fence, nearly broke his neck and woke up later in hospital with a cracked vertebra. He tried to win again in 1963, and fell from his horse yet again, this time at the fourth fence. Undeterred, he returned in 1965 but again fell from his horse after it collapsed underneath him, breaking his leg. His ineptitude was so apparent that in 1963 bookies even offered odds of 66-1 – against him even finishing the race atop his horse! He returned in 1973 when his stirrup broke, although he clung on for eight fences before being sent into inevitable orbit. In 1974, after having sixteen screws removed from a leg he had broken after falling in another race, he also fell while training for the Grand National and broke his collarbone. Nevertheless, he then competed in a plaster cast, this time actually managing to finish the race for the only time in his splendid career, but only in eighth (and last) place aboard Nereo: “I sat like sack of potatoes and gave the horse no help” he said after the race. One anecdote from this race is that he barged into Ron Barry at second Canal Turn; Barry said “What the f*** are you doing?”, to which he replied: “My dear chap I haven’t a clue…I’ve never got this far before!” In 1976, he sustained his most serious injuries after being trampled in a race by several other horses. He suffered seven broken ribs, several fractured vertebrae, a broken wrist and thigh, and a major concussion, and was in a coma for two days. After recovering he announced, at the age of 57, that he planned to race yet again. Race organizers wisely revoked his license “for his own safety”. It has later been said that the Duque was not so bad after all -to finish eighth at the Grand National whilst in a cast is a formidable feat. However, his ability to command good quality horses owing to his wealth must have grated against professional jockeys, who have to compete against one another for the opportunity.
By:
pauli
When: 05 Aug 10 12:49
Mr John Lawrence (The Noble Lord) - Taxidermist - 1958 Whitbread.
By:
educator
When: 05 Aug 10 12:56
cheers richard ... funny read
By:
celticfc123
When: 05 Aug 10 12:58
jason behan-casela park 350 newcastle
By:
WHOKNOWSTHEBOWLER
When: 05 Aug 10 12:59
Jamie Spencer - Hayley Turner
Emma Spencer - Newmarket
By:
KING OF HULL
When: 05 Aug 10 13:02
Calvin Borel on Mine that bird this is a must see on YU tube for anyone yet to see it. Truly awesome viewing.
By:
WHOKNOWSTHEBOWLER
When: 05 Aug 10 13:02
On a serious note....
Dandy Nicholls - Soba  Stewards Cup.  Everyone said you had to be drawn 25-30. They all went middle to far rail. Dandy bounced the old mare out from Stall 1, stuck like glue to the near rail and bolted up.
An astonishing performance by a  fairytale mare....I miss her!
By:
poland
When: 05 Aug 10 13:04
Latalomne and Vinnie Keane (twice) when in contention in the Champion Chase, beating the ground in frustration and in tears afterwards.
By:
pauli
When: 05 Aug 10 13:05
I remember it well WHOKNOWS.  What a mare she was.
By:
celticfc123
When: 05 Aug 10 13:06
calvin borels ride was pure genius
By:
mginvest
When: 05 Aug 10 13:25
Darren Williams - Legal Set - Dec 2002 Lingfield

Great stopping ride. Could have got a bus through the gap that appeared on the rail but he sat still cr@pping himself that the horse might carry him through it and win. Everyone involved a disgrace.
By:
joevalue147
When: 31 Jan 19 23:40
Legal Set got landed with a fair few characters on his back throughout his career.
By:
salmon spray
When: 01 Feb 19 11:56
Frank Hayes - Sweet Kiss
His only winner and just about the most bizarre racing story I have come across,and there are a few.
By:
stewarty b
When: 01 Feb 19 12:09
Dettori on Fantastic Light in The Irish Champion Stakes.
By:
Johnny_Mustang
When: 01 Feb 19 12:35
Is this the market without Arazi and Pat Valenzuela?
By:
posy
When: 01 Feb 19 13:07
A recent contender is Padraig Beggy on the 2017 Derby winner Wings of Eagles
By:
1830
When: 01 Feb 19 13:08
The Duke of Albuquerque
Grey Sombrero
(Grand National)
By:
penzance
When: 01 Feb 19 13:18
Dermot Browne
Brownes Gazette
By:
hunt lunt and cunningham
When: 01 Feb 19 13:56
Anyone here remember Hill House and Josh Gifford winning the Schweppes in 1967 and being booed even before jumping the last. Never heard so much booing in an unsaddling enclose after a race. Later it was found that the horse could really "dope itself"
By:
Northofperth
When: 01 Feb 19 14:20
Miss Doreen Calder = Flying Ace . Managed 50 wins , mostly P T P races . But still a great achievement .
Andy Thornton = Kingscliff at Ascot when the steering went , the horse really helped him out .
By:
acey deucy
When: 01 Feb 19 14:30
Mike Smith in The Breeders Cup on Zenyatta what a fackin shocker...No wonder he broke down in tears at the Press Conference saying he was to blame.....No doubt the worstest Big Race ride you will ever see.
By:
fckewe
When: 01 Feb 19 14:34
Declan Murphy - Jibereen
By:
Twoboyz
When: 01 Feb 19 14:39
Steve wynne - Suluk
By:
posy
When: 01 Feb 19 16:09
I well remember Hill House and was at Sandown to see him run unplaced the previous Saturday. The booing at Newbury whilst unedifying to listen to was (50 years on) justified.
By:
dunlaying
When: 01 Feb 19 16:13
The lad that rode Santa Claus in the Irish Derby .
By:
duffy
When: 01 Feb 19 16:19
Barzalona - Pour Moi
By:
1st time poster
When: 01 Feb 19 16:26
STRANGE FOR A JOCK Who,s rode 100,s of winmners to remember one stand out but jonjo on dawn run must be one
francome on sea pigeon
By:
1830
When: 01 Feb 19 16:29
Graham Bradley
Robin Goodfellow
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