‘Better than Denman and Kauto’ – Findlay hails Shishkin-Energumene the best of all time | Horse racing news

Edward Whitaker

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‘I’m not cut out for a day job’: Harry Findlay, once bettor, always bettor

Edward Whitaker

By Peter Thomas, Senior Feature Editor

Harry Findlay says he has fallen in love with racing again and thinks last month’s clash between Shishkin and Energumene at Ascot was the best race he has ever seen.

Speaking to the Racing Post for an interview in the Sunday newspaper, the legendary player recalled the dark days that followed a series of blows around a decade ago, when he was warned by the BHA for six months ( later overturned) for secular betting – a decision he describes as “pure evil” – and then lost £1.7million in a failed investment in greyhound racing in Coventry.


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However, he explained: “I wasn’t in love with racing for a while, but I wasn’t in love with everything then. Now I win more on horses than in sport and I watch all the good races and all the races. where we bet.

“I’m a bettor, so getting a job was never an option because it would have to be a job that allowed me to watch a lot of live sports, and there aren’t that many. I’m not not cut out for this. for a day job.”

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Harry Findlay (black shirt) stands alongside Denman and Sam Thomas in the Cheltenham winner’s enclosure

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Findlay was co-owner of Denman at the time of the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup, in which his pride and joy beat Kauto Star, but even that couldn’t match the narrow verdict of Shishkin Clarence House Chase, he says.

“Unlike a lot of things, running gets better with age,” he said. “I think Shishkin and Energumene at Ascot was the best horse racing I’ve ever seen, better than Denman and Kauto, really, and like everyone else, I’m looking forward to the rematch at Cheltenham next month. next.”

Findlay will be hoping for better luck at Cheltenham than he had last year, when he was one of many on the wrong side of Envoi Allen’s fall in the Marsh Novices’ Chase.

“I was on the Envoy Allen-Shishkin-Monkfish treble for phone numbers last year,” he said, “so the fall of Envoy Allen was a sad day in this house, but I am on Bob Olinger at 3s for the same race this year.”


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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 3:00 PM, FEBRUARY 4, 2022

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