Big news breaking this morning that Michael O' Leary's Gigginstown operation have split with Willie Mullins and are taking all 60 of their horses out of his yard. Ironically enough the dispute was over fees, though a spokesman denied rumours that Willie tried to charge O'Leary for using the loo at Closutton.
That is saturated in irony!
URoy do you think its a coincidence that this happening coincides with the beginning of an investigation into unusual betting patterns around the with-drawl of Faugheen from Cheltenhem earlier this year???
Think it is just a coincidence, have no reason to think they're connected.
Rumour that Don Poli is one of 15 horses en route to Henry De Bromhead, who himself lost a load of horses a few weeks back when Alan Potts took his string out of the yard.
I was thinking maybe O'Leary knows there could be more to that story and are jumping ship before it hits the fan
Was only saying to my mates earlier I'd like to see De Bromhead get a few decent ones...from my limited knowledge i think he is an excellent trainer
I think judging but what O'Leary said he still wants his horses with Mullins but won't pay the increase but seems to be hoping Mullins will reduce his price.
O'Leary is a stubborn business man too and was probably trying to force Mullins hand but he wouldn't give in.
Mullins is said to be the most expensive trainer around as it is. He probably feels he's worth it given his record but the actual costs of training a horse shouldn't really be any different from one trainer to another, so maybe O' Leary felt he was taking the piss with this increase.
Has anyone been to Cheltenham and I was wondering is there any difference between the stands. The Best Mate stand costs around 28 but is it worth paying the extra for the other stands.
Don't go to the Best Mate Stand. It's opposite the main stand and you can't get across to it from the main Stand. I've been to Cheltenham loads of times and your better off paying the extra few quid for the Main Stand as you can access the parade ring, winners enclosure up to the finishing line etc. In the Best Mate you can't do any of that.
Definitely agree Parish. You can access to alot more of the facilities.
I have gone the last 5 years...buy a Club Enclosure ticket if you can...access to most areas..more expensive but if your going to go you may aswell do it right...if you need accommodation contact Liz Coe..her website : http://www.cheltenhamracingaccommodation.com/
Good man on the accommodation tip. I'll use them myself.
Yeah top service..she operates 'homestay' which is locals turning their houses into B&B's for the week...we got places in Cheltenham town for 50 - 60 a night
I'm staying in Bath and going up by train but thanks for the tip.
Thanks for the stand advice and I'll pick one of the dearer options as it's a one off for me.