The roof could be raised at Epsom on Friday if Midday gives Henry Cecil a ninth Oaks win. Watch Mike Cattermole preview this years Oaks on behalf of UK sports bookmaker Stan James
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The BJEastwood Story. TWENTY FIVE years ago the fabulously successful partnership of boxing manager BJ ‘Barney’ Eastwood and his young featherweight sensation Barry McGuigan reached the summit by winning the WBA Championship belt. Eastwood, then a leading Northern Ireland bookmaker who previously dabbled in professional boxing promotions in Belfast during the 1960′s, masterminded the meteoric rise of McGuigan in a cleverly choreographed path that included studied matchmaking and the need to cosy up to and make deals with the rulers of World professional boxing. It proved a fascinating journey, one that sadly ended in heartbreak 24 years ago. This carefully crafted and exclusive fly-on-the-wall authorised biography on the life and fascinating times of self-made Irish tycoon Eastwood is arguably the most revealing narrative ever on a special time in Irish professional boxing. For over half-a-century BJ was involved in the cut and thrust of bookmaking and property developing, yet became universally accepted as one of the world’s most astute boxing managers, especially his glorious gamble to guide County Monaghan’s McGuigan to global honours.
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