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There are two sentences here:"He's taken a lot of good horses to Warwick and always done his best in the Cup, but as he says graciously, 'There's always been a better man to take it off me.' "and "Providing the judge at any of the events I'm competing in sticks to the rules, I'm happy to stick with the decision at the end of the day."Then, what do phrases "to take it off me", "in sticks" and "to stick" mean? Help me, Please. Thank you!
"...a better man to take it off me." Someone who was better than me won the prize that I thought I would win.
"...events I'm competing in sticks to the rules..." The word in is attached to the word competing, meaning he is competing in the event. The word sticks here means the judge follows the rules exactly.
"...happy to stick with the decision..." This stick is similar to the previous one. It means he will abide by the judge's decision.
The whole passage describes an honest and decent man who graciously accepts losing to a superior competitor if the contest was fair.