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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 March 2007, 13:08 GMT
Quotes of the Festival
By BBC Sport's Honest Frank at Cheltenham

The Cheltenham Festival is over for another year, and a total of 230,000 racegoers have enjoyed one of the best meetings in recent times.

606: DEBATE

Here's a round-up of some of the quotes of the week from the racecourse and around town.


Sure, Tom's been coming to the Cheltenham Festival for 45 years - and he's only 46.
A racegoer from Wexford, Ireland, when asked how long his party had been travelling to the big race meeting.

Someone told me Bono did ask about Sublimity when he was doing a concert in Dublin.
Robert Hennessy, whose dad Bill owns the Champion Hurdle winner and founded the hearing aid firm Bona Vox that led to the U2 star's stage name.

They are unpredictable - horses are like women.
Jimmy Pike, owner of Kawagino, fifth at 100-1 in the Champion Hurdle on Tuesday and fourth (33-1) in the County Hurdle three days later.

I've got to go to the cashpoint. I'm in the hall of shame.
Overheard - football pundit Chris Kamara on whether he was having a winning Festival.

It was awesome. And having watched the video, it was even more awesome.
Co-owner Harry Findlay salutes his Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Chase winner, who landed the professional gambler about 1m in winning bets.

It's very frustrating. We have been very careful with him, but he'll be back.
Legendary retired trainer Martin Pipe on faller Well Chief, the Champion Chase favourite he helped son David nurse back to health after a bad injury.

If you're ever in trouble and need a winner, this horse has got the heart of a lion.
Ten-times champion jockey Tony McCoy, an early casualty on Thursday's World Hurdle favourite Black Jack Ketchum, savours a Friday win with Wichita Lineman.

It doesn't get any better than this.
Trainer Alan King on a rare big-race treble with My Way de Solzen (Arkle Chase), Voy Por Ustedes (Champion Chase) and Katchit (Triumph Hurdle).

This place has been very good to me and though I have to ride at Uttoxeter, I think I'll find time for a couple of drinks on Saturday night.
King's jockey, the leading Festival leading rider Robert 'Chocolate' Thornton, who earned his nickname after developing a fondness for the chocs as a younger jockey.

Tony Mullins has said he is only coming over to Cheltenham to pick up the trophy.
A stable 'insider' on the Irish trainer's hopes for Aranleigh in the Bumper on Wednesday. He was an unlucky third to the impressive Cork All Star.

I am delighted to get off the mark at the Festival. I was sick of being referred to as a Cheltenham virgin at preview evenings.
Tony Mullins does get his hands on a trophy after his Pedrobob wins the concluding County Hurdle.

I don't really mind if Kauto Star is pronounced Kaw-to Star or Kay-to Star. Just call him Star.
Gold Cup-winning trainer Paul Nicholls as fans remain unsure on how to say the name of his Cheltenham hero.

Have you got any others?
Nicholls on being introduced, via some translation, to Kauto Star's French breeder.

Kauto Star has come of age. He can be a bit lairy in front, but he was electric at his fences today.
Winning jockey Ruby Walsh, who said he "didn't read the papers" when asked if he knew racegoers were singing the Kaiser Chiefs' song 'Ruby' all week.

Ever since I saw Captain Christy win the Gold Cup in 1974. I hoped one day I might do. I'm pleased as punch.
Kauto Star's owner Clive Smith. He said lifting the Cup was far more important than the pot of more than 1m he'll collect through bonuses, prize money and bets.

The punters have fought back and their revenge has been vicious. Once the smoke clears, we'll know who won the war but for now, Kauto Star is off our Christmas card list.
Ladbrokes spokesman Donal McCarthy as he estimated the Gold Cup win cost bookies nearly 5m.


SEE ALSO
Cheltenham Festival 2007 schedule
28 Feb 07 |  Horse Racing
Kauto team hail Gold Cup 'superstar'
16 Mar 07 |  Horse Racing
Kauto Star seals Gold Cup triumph
16 Mar 07 |  Horse Racing
Cheltenham photos
16 Mar 07 |  Horse Racing
Inglis Drever wins second Hurdle
15 Mar 07 |  Horse Racing
Voy Por Ustedes romps to victory
14 Mar 07 |  Horse Racing
Sublimity claims Champion Hurdle
13 Mar 07 |  Horse Racing
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