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Simpson-Daniel starts Fitzdares job

29 January 2015

FORMER rugby union star James Simpson-Daniel,a well-known figure in racing circles as part-owner of popular chaser Monbeg Dude,will be tackling opening shows instead of opponents after starting a new careerin the bookmaking industry yesterday.

Simpson-Daniel, who shares ownership of theCoral Welsh Grand National winner with fellow rugby aces Mike Tindall and NickyRobinson, had his playing days cut short by injury and has taken a job withbespoke bookmaker Fitzdares.

The 32-year-old father-of-two, knownaffectionately as Sinbad, was capped ten times by England, but he is nowembarking on a different kind of training regime under the guidance of thefirm’s founder Balthazar Fabricius.

Fabricius said: “I’m thrilled Sinbad ishere for his first day in the office with the Fitzdares family and can’t waitfor our members to get to know him. “Much as I love Mike Dillon [Ladbrokes PRdirector], he didn’t skin Jonah Lomu at 19. “but first we have some training todo – an old-school boot camp. No squat thrusts or ice baths but oddscompilation, settling and the importance of strong views. He’s well ahead ofthe curve already.”

Fabricius expects his protege to completehis apprenticeship in time for the start of the Rugby World Cup in September,with a potential role in the company’s PR team lying in wait. Simpson-Daniel,who has experience on the other side of the battlelines having set up his owntipping service under the banner of Sinbad Racing, said: “I’m really excited tobe joining Fitzdares. I’ve made it quite common knowledge during my career thatthis is an industry that really interests me, and under the guidance of BalthazarFabricius and his team I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.

“Life after a sports career can be quite adaunting transition, but I’m hoping becoming a bookmaker will mean the odds arein my favour.”

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