Curley to retire from training

Tue 8th Jan 2013, 21:42
Barney Curley (second right) at Killarney races
Barney Curley (second right) at Killarney races
(Healy Racing Photos)
Barney Curley, the veteran Newmarket-based trainer, will not renew his training licence at the end of the month.

Seventy-three-year-old Curley retires from a career in which his skirmishes with the bookmakers and dramatic gambles became the stuff of legend.

Northern Ireland-born Curley will now hope to dedicate more time to his charity, Direct Aid For Africa, which he founded in 1996.

He said: "I've only got the one horse left now, and my assistant, Andrew Stringer, has got a good position with James Tate (trainer).

"I've sold most of my horses and have given some of the way, so that's just about that - I won't be renewing my licence.

"I have enjoyed racing and have gained a lot from the sport.

"Without racing, I would not have had the staff like I have had.

"I'm quite happy this was the right time.

"I retire sound in mind and still in pocket."

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