Fun and excitement and wonderful successes all round at the Epsom Derby last night* (yesterday). And it is doubly as fun when not only do you have a successful night, but pick the winner in the big race. I listened to the first three races on BBC Radio 5 Live, then retired to bed.
Race 1: I had a two-horse duet, plus one of them to place, and I can’t remember exactly, but I think my two horses ran 4th and 5th. Boo.
Race 2: I had a three horse duet. And it came in. All three. Cue jumping up and down, thus frightening the cat. Once you get one of those bad-boys where all three horses come in, you’re more-or-less set for the day.
Race 3: With only five horses in the race, I went a three-horse quinella. It came in, but since it was the two favourites who got it, the dividend was less than what I had paid for the bet, but oh well. Better something than nothing.
Race 4: I didn’t have any runners in Race 4. One of my rules of betting is if there’s 16 or more horses in a race, don’t bother. The odds are stacked too high against you.
Race 5: The Derby. I had a three-horse duet, and one to place. Thank goodness I added in that one to place, because my duet did nothing. The one I had to place was, of course, Ruler Of The World (below, and on top).
Race 6: I had a three-horse duet, plus one of those to place. I won one leg of the duet and my one to place.
Race 7: Slightly breaking my own rule. The race had 16 horses. I had one to place. It didn’t. Oh well.
Overall, I won back everything I bet, plus about another 20%. Please note that I only bet VERY small (most people laugh when I say how small my bets are), but even the smallest of bets makes the races infinitely more exciting. I enjoy the UK races much more than the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival, as I always come out on top in the UK races, but lose terribly in Aus. Oh well.
(^I’m not sure which horse that is, but he’s pretty and chances are I had money on him).
And yes, I can read a form guide. When people find out that I can, and have this small interest in horse-racing, they’re often surprised. I don’t really know why, considering I did horse-riding lessons for over six years, so during the Olympics I could actually watch the Dressage and enjoy it, but oh well.
Last night was a successful and fitting start to the beginning of my Winter Season, something that will hopefully continue! Roll on Royal Ascot!
*Race 1 was at 10:35pm AEST. Therefore, for me, it was the night. I find it too weird to try and say ‘day’, because for me, it wasn’t.
(All images belong to metro.co.uk and can be found here)