Monday 18 December 2017

Declan Lynch: Will bookies claw back Barney's win? Bet on it

The €2.5m betting coup was just a temporary setback for the clever bookies, writes Declan Lynch

Top tip: Trainer Tommy Stack, left, greeting punter Barney Curley as legendary jockey Lester Piggott looks on at Listowel racecourse. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Top tip: Trainer Tommy Stack, left, greeting punter Barney Curley as legendary jockey Lester Piggott looks on at Listowel racecourse. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

In the light of certain misunderstandings about that massive betting coup linked to Barney Curley, an explanatory note is needed.

In order to establish the true meaning of this most unusual event, it is instructive to listen to the comments of bookmakers who portrayed themselves as victims of the dark genius of Barney, thereby implying that this was all bad for them.

And of course in terms of their takings on that particular day, it was most certainly bad, with numbers as high as €18.3m being mentioned in the more excited reports.

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