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  • #2841
    Racing Daily
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    No joke :(

    #74805
    Purwell
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    It’s been that sort of week for me too! Keep faith and play through.

    #74806
    Wallace
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    "A bad day at the races is better than a good day at work!"

    Where did you get this un from Purwell?

    #74807
    Purwell
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    Somebody said it on telly; might even have been Thommo himself!:biggrin:

    #74808
    Grimes
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    As the Americans say, Racing, "Tell me about it…".

    #74809
    Racing Daily
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    Quote: from Purwell on 3:00 pm on Aug. 5, 2006[br]It’s been that sort of week for me too! Keep faith and play through. <br>

    Keep the faith?

    Today’s bet<br>5 horse e/w acca

    Stagehand 3rd 9/2<br>Regents Park 2nd 4/1<br>Roman Maze 3rd 8/1<br>Floodlight Fantasy 3rd 11/1<br>Conjecture … 4th 9/2 (btn a nk) :angry:

    Faith is something i’m having trouble finding this week.

    #74810
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    I got so fed up with racing I tried a football bet. 6 matches, 15 doubles, 20 trebles. Got 3 results out of 5 on Saturday & needed Southampton to win yesterday for a reasonable profit. Derby equalised in the 90th minute!

    #74811
    Maxilon 5
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    RD, this will cheer you up.

    Goodwood is my favourite course. I look forward to the festival every year and have never lost there over the five days in twenty years. I plan for the meeting for months. I bet in peanuts in late June and July to get a tank together and bet properly; bets that elate if you win and hurt if you lose.

    Over the five days, I won just three races and bet every race bar four, (yes, I know I shouldn’t – incidentally, Court Masterpiece, Sacre Couer and Just Dust were the holy trinity here).

    Amazingly, these three winners had low-to-average stakes on the nose. Any one would have cleared losses had I staked properly, but I didn’t particularly fancy them in comparison to several other animals that week, which I enthused over and supported as if defeat was a laughable proposition.

    In total, I had ten seconds and five thirds. The three E/W bets I struck finished fourth or fifth paying three.

    On the Thursday night, in sheer desperation, I had a disproportionately large bet on Burgundy at Epsom. He was beaten a head after looking all over the winner at 6/1.  This transaction would have given me a healthy profit as well as clearing buttock clenching losses.

    That defeat hurt. The pain was physical.  

    The next day, amongst further carnage inspired by a hunch on Nayyir, I had a substantial double with Somersault at Thirsk, (8/1), which won and Bodes Galaxy at Goodwood which was beaten a head at 12’s by the 5/6 favourite.

    Even the bookie I bet with was cheering that on for me.  I never cry, but I was very, very close after that race.

    Other lowlights? I picked Borderlescott and lost my bottle at the last minute. I backed almost all the Johnston horses which lost and none of the ones which won. I backed all of Tregoning’s blind from a secondary bank. I had Barry Hills down as having one of his regular out of form months even though I’ve had good times with the stable in the past.

    I ignored Yeats and Ouija because I have a mental block about short prices and have read too many books about never betting below 2/1 etc even though the horses were, in essence, mortgage jobs.

    RD, I don’t think I’ve had a worse week’s racing in my life. I’m sure I have, but I can’t remember them. On the positive side, I went to Goodwood and Hove for the first time and had a couple of good nights on the beer.  

    In circumstances like these,  I am always reminded about Nick The Greek’s wonderful idiom; "The next best thing to gambling and winning is gambling and losing". And luck evens out over time. I’ll be back next year.

    Chin up mate. It could be a lot worse.:biggrin:

    #74812
    Sal
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    Goodwood is always a bad course for trouble in running.  This must be the one meeting where Fallon is glad he is banned from riding in Britain – each year he seemed to have several nightmare rides round there.

    #74813
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    Maxilon, I share your pain.  I’ve been there in the past.<br>I only back potential high payout multiples now for relatavely small stakes.  Yesterday was a choker, but I only lost a couple of quid.  Less than your average joe would lose on a lottery ticket.<br>I can’t take the bad days anymore, so i’d rather just stake what I don’t miss for a potential payout of epic proportions.

    #74814
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    "I can’t take the bad days anymore, so i’d rather just stake what I don’t miss for a potential payout of epic proportions."

    Don’t hold your breath!

    #74815
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    I’m not :)<br>One day, i’ll post and tell you all how i’ve managed to win 40k.  I’m going back to my roots in gambling.<br>It was a lot more fun :)

    (Edited by Racing Daily at 1:10 pm on Aug. 7, 2006)

    #74816
    FlatSeasonLover
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    RD 14 of my last 21 bets before Sunday all came 2nd and 6 of them were done right on the line. :(

    #74817
    Maxilon 5
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    Fair play to you RD. Always admired the way you are honestly able to discuss the psychological aspects of the game we play. And yes, it IS supposed to be fun. I was deffo one of those "men with anguished, pinched faces" which Mark Coton talks about, by Friday.

    I read the literature and it worries me that I may be in the wrong game. All the great gamblers of our sport are icons of Man With No Name style coolness who can drop five monkeys and go off to play golf with scarcely a blink. After that double went west, I cursed so much in the car that there is no way the Bearded One is going to allow me through the Pearly Gates when my time comes.

    Real life isn’t all about the numbers, systems, ratings.  The emotional, intuitive aspects of betting are of equal – if not superior -importance in long term success. I’m not ever so sure that I’ll recover from that battering this season….though I have a cunning plan.  Good luck with yours.:biggrin:

    FSL, that’s a bad beat. You have my sympathies.;)

    #74818
    davidjohnson
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    I backed Alexander Goldrun and Diktatorial on Saturday, both got short headed. Go back to Tuesday though and I backed Enticing in the Molecomb and Halla San at Beverley. Both won a short head. Stop ya moaning, and if you can’t cope with ‘bad luck’, stick to the lottery.

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