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Horse Racing: There's no answer to that; The voice of racing.


ACROWD of 27,808 attended Wednesday's Guinness Kerry National meeting at Listowel, where the cry of "throw me down something" from children standing in the river Feale under the entrance bridge to the track has been more or less consigned to history thanks to the intervention of health and safety officers.

Instead, the younger Listowel males, off school for race week, have developed a new cry. "Give us your goggles" is the plea that now greets jockeys as they leave the parade ring after dismounting following a race.

The response they get varies from "see me later" to "see me tomorrow" and from stony silence to a plain "no". Yesterday, one apprentice who declined the plea had just gone out of earshot when one youngster shouted after him: "Why not, who the feck do you think you are? Frankie Dettori?"

It could only happen in Listowel.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 21, 2007
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