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Barney Curley - The ultimate gambler who beat the odds all his life

A ruthless judge of human and equine frailty, Curley joked that his charity work was an insurance policy to be redeemed when he met his maker

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Barney Curley pictured with his fedora at his home, Cleveland House Stables. Photo: Edward Whitaker/Racing Post

Barney Curley pictured with his fedora at his home, Cleveland House Stables. Photo: Edward Whitaker/Racing Post

Barney Curley pictured with his fedora at his home, Cleveland House Stables. Photo: Edward Whitaker/Racing Post

When Barney Curley at the age of 70 cleaned the bookmakers for over €4m in 2010, he swore it would be his final heist.

He was getting too old to be taking on the casinos. He didn’t have the energy or the motivation any more. No, it was definitely his last big job. In 2014, in his 75th year, he plundered them for another €2.6m.


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