Gambling For Life: The Man Who Won Millions And Spent Every Penny

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Gambling For Life: The Man Who Won Millions And Spent Every Penny

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The hotel lobby is a blitzkrieg of beige, cream, and slanting white lights, but Harry Findlay cuts across it all blazing a trail of colour. He has walked out of race tracks with thousands of pounds in his pocket and into prison with drugs up his ass. When I was in my late teens and early twenties, if you didn't make bookmakers dislike you and you won money, you had no chance of getting money on. Time will come when that small percentage chance of losing actually happens a time or three and means a heavy loss. On the streets of the tough Dublin inner-city neighbourhood where he grew up, Gerry Hutch was perceived as an ordinary decent criminal, a quintessential Robin Hood figure who fought the law - and won.

The journalist in me seethes with jealousy at the access Findlay has finagled to the world's biggest sportspeople, Federer, Nadal, and the All Blacks among them. From cheeky high-street bookmaker to billion-dollar the incredible story behind Paddy Power’s unstoppable rise.Gambling has taken him all around the globe, enjoying five-star travel and a gourmet’s indulgence at the world’s biggest sporting events. Who’d have thought he would go on to own Big Fella Thanks, winner of the Derby at Clonmel and the most famous dog to come out of Ireland – and be part owner of the legendary racehorse Denman, who carried his colours to Gold Cup glory. To which Harry laughed and said "it ain't about that love, it's about the people - now go find one and let’s have some fun". He had been involved in Brandon dog track a few years back, which was quite a decent facility being the home of Elite League Coventry Bees speedway. Steffek -- Diagnosing Rose Troubles / Alex Laurie -- When Roses Don't Flourish And Why / Colonel K H.

There is a lot of assumed knowledge (most of which I had) of gambling and sports so you'll need that if you want to read it, and it is written in a prose that tries to show the character of Harry Findlay, but fails - and in the process becomes very hard to read and follow. I was so cold I marched straight into the restaurant and devoured two of the racecourse's biggest beef pies," Harry said. Dogs are his major passion, although he has had long, lucrative romances with horse racing, snooker, tennis, football, and rugby league. Then there was the time Harry accused me of making him sleep in a "sauna" (he was in the spare bedroom above the kitchen where the aga is situated) before he proceeded to walk around the yard and gallops wearing only his underpants and a tee shirt. Harry's subsequent controversial disqualification from racing destroyed him, despite the ruling being overturned on appeal.He mentions Hove dogs a few times, what shines through is his absolute love of Greyhound Racing, what that man doesn’t know about dog racing almost certainly isn’t worth knowing. He has some valid points Snoop and always has, I totally agree with him regarding Ray Winstone and the likes, and when markets suddenly change, he was a character in the racing world and I've also watched the TV show about him from years ago, i just feel most hardcore gamblers all have stories, I'd happily share some of them with Harry over a beer. Harry Findlay is the kind of man you meet once in a lifetime, but it can only be thus: he doesn't believe in the afterlife. Steeplechasing has a good point, the really successful professional gamblers I know, tend to be more laid back characters, not overly exitable.

Even Kay, who wouldn't cross the road to go racing, knew that Cheltenham had a unique atmosphere in sport. Discover the joy of reading with us, your trusted source for affordable books that do not compromise on quality. Findlay has now written a book with Neil Harman, the former tennis correspondent for The Times, which captures his biggest victories and surreal scrapes. I even said as much to him, announcing to Harry "you do know I can't train pigs to be dirty at the moment?Findlay is most recognisable as the part-owner of Denman, the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, but within eighteen months of that success, Findlay was shunned from the sport. I am a gambler,” Harry Findlay says as if, after talking for three hours, the stark truth needs to be heard again. Australia’s National Rugby League, and Sam Burgess’s South Sydney Rabbitohs, rescued Findlay in the British autumn of 2014. A subsequent disciplinary panel upheld the BHA decision that the rules had been broken on a technicality but found that “there has never been any suggestion that Gullible Gordon did not run on its merits or that there was foul play on anyone’s part”. Harry’s subsequent controversial disqualification from racing destroyed him, despite the ruling being overturned on appeal.

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