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Daughter has the drive for jockey career OUR eldest daughter Siofra is big into racing and is her dad's number one fan, even though she is only eight.

The children didn't come with us so she has been on the phone to Barry every night asking about who won and how he got on.

She is very competitive so you never know, there could be a future in it yet.

I was never involved in horses before I met Barry, but I used to go racing in Listowel and I do enjoy watching it.

I have so much respect for racing people, they really look after their own and we are a close-knit community.

Everyone understands the pressures and dangers and the unsociable hours, so it is nice to have that support.

Cheltenham is a great way to socialise and meet up with people that you haven't seen in a long time.

I also had family over this week so the last few days have been spent catching up. I would see the other jockeys' wives in Ireland at race meetings and maybe on a Sunday and I spent a lot of time hanging out with them this week.

But it was also an excuse to talk to the trainers and owners in England that I haven't seen in a while.

As always, I had a nervous, but very exciting week.


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