From his back garden, Tim O’Driscoll could practically hear the public tannoy system at Leopardstown racecourse. After scaling a perimeter wall, the 12-year-old boy would be at the winning post within minutes.
To him it was a magical travelling circus, a playground just over the wall. The next few hours would be spent observing and marvelling at the assembled cast of characters – bookies, punters, jockeys, trainers, owners and, of course, the horses.
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