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‘That’s why Ireland’s Ireland!’ The racing gang is happy for Paul Townend, while warning him not to do it again...

I’m aware that the instant forgiveness which rained down on Paul Townend will not have pleased all onlookers. Some, including those who fancied Al Boum Photo, will still be feeling sore about what happened on Tuesday and are perhaps a little queasy about the way that “the racing gang”, as Townend called them, clasped the erring jockey to their bosom on day two at Punchestown. Some will undoubtedly feel that a jockey who made such a mistake should have to suffer for a bit more than 24 hours.

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