January 31, 2008 at 10:54 #6461CavParticipant
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I’ve been reading some really good historical writing on horse racing by an author named Robert Lynd recently. He was a literary critic, a Fleet Street journalist and also a racing man for 40 years. A lot of his work dates from the 1920’s but I think its still amazingly relevant today. Here’s a couple of extracts…
Our teachers used to apologise for teaching us Latin
grammar and mathematics by telling us that they were good mental
gymnastics. If education is only a matter of mental gymnastics,
however, I should recommend horse-racing as an ideal study for young
boys and girls. The sole objection to it is that it is so engrossing;
it might absorb the whole energies of the child. The safety of Latin
grammar lies in its dullness.
No child is tempted by it into
forgetting that there are other duties in life besides mental
gymnastics. Horse-racing, on the other hand, comes into our lives with
the effect of a religious conversion. It is the greatest monopolist
among the pleasures. It affects men’s conversation. It affects their
entire outlook. The betting man’s is a dedicated life.
You can read more of his work for free here if your interested http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13448/13448.txtJanuary 31, 2008 at 13:50 #139224cormack15Keymaster
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Excellent CR – I’ll be having a good delve (if that is the appropriate expression) later.January 31, 2008 at 15:07 #139238robnorthParticipant
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Under the tutelage of both grandfathers I adopted the religion of horse racing when I was but 3 years old, did side with the poor down-trodden Mill House against Arkle, and have continued the devotion to this day.
P.S. Arkle was one step up from brilliant, Mill House was brilliant but around at the wrong time.February 1, 2008 at 09:24 #139397guskennedyMember
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I had to do Latin grammar and maths as well as horse racing. I should be a top mental gymnast.
I’m not.February 4, 2008 at 06:03 #140001Fist of Fury 2k8Member
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Amazing the amount of people around that if you asked them to do a cash flow/spreadsheet or some other mathematical task wouldn’t have a clue. Ask them to work out what a 10p super yankee pays at odds of 13/8.13/8, 11/4.11/8 and 0/30 and they will tell you in 3 or 4 minutes. Which goes along way to proving that almost anyone can do anything, if it interests them and they to put their mind to it.February 4, 2008 at 07:27 #140004carlisleMember
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i agree we are all capable of being winners. To win at horse racing you have to be very organised, dedictated and driven.
Punters are losers, they are not capable intelligent people. Their stupidity creates the lusted after pot of Gold.
Exploiting this opportunity is the difficult part.
xFebruary 4, 2008 at 07:28 #140005carlisleMember
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interesting stuff and a good read mate.
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