Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Super Moderator Diamond Geezer's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Cheltenham
    Posts
    11,819
    Thanks
    1,865
    Thanked 2,784 Times in 1,373 Posts

    The Racing Certainty

    This piece by Lydia Hislop so represents what I feel about racing i.e you don't need to bet to enjoy racing. Many's the time I tell people I worked in various racing connected industries or went to a race meeting and then find myself automatically on the defensive saying it's OK I don't bet and people look at me with eyebrows raised. The perception of people who know nothing about racing is that you must be a gambler to like racing and it's not, it's just not !

    https://members.tortoisemedia.com/20...cing_certainty

  2. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Diamond Geezer For This Useful Post:

    Carl (11th March 2019), Colin Phillips (11th March 2019), NewApproach (11th March 2019)

  3. # ADS
    Circuit advertisement
    Join Date
    Always
    Location
    Advertising world
    Posts
    Many

    To remove these adverts please either login or join if you are not a member.


     

  4. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    13,495
    Thanks
    676
    Thanked 936 Times in 689 Posts
    True.

    It's no different from watching any sport and not having a bet.

    I rarely bet on other sports but watch plenty of them.

    I've never had a bet on a skiing event but have watched plenty.

    Same with some of the big Olympic events.
    Two's company, three's allowed.

  5. #3
    Senior Member Tanlic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Bangkok Thailand
    Posts
    7,265
    Thanks
    130
    Thanked 262 Times in 238 Posts
    We do watch many other sports like Golf tennis snooker etc glued to the screen and never think about betting..Some people are hooked on the most bring sport on the planet..Televised Yacht racing it's about as exciting as the Old BBC test card.

    Betting has and always will be a part of racing it's how the whole thing started and while those who own train and ride horses may not bet we must be talking about 95% of the rest of us mad punters do.
    Formely Fist of Fury

  6. #4
    Senior Member G-G's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Not got much to lose.
    Posts
    1,733
    Thanks
    130
    Thanked 69 Times in 50 Posts
    I hardly ever bet - maybe once a year and then I have to talk myself into it. I just love looking at the beautiful horses, the odd cute jockey(sorry to be a girlie), and wishing I could, just once, experience a ride on a horse like that.
    The four kings of emi are sitting stately on the floor
    There are birds out on the sidewalk and a valet at the door?

  7. #5
    Senior Member granger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Moscow Flyer Stables
    Posts
    16,209
    Thanks
    453
    Thanked 595 Times in 429 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by G-G View Post
    I hardly ever bet - maybe once a year and then I have to talk myself into it. I just love looking at the beautiful horses, the odd cute jockey(sorry to be a girlie), and wishing I could, just once, experience a ride on a horse like that.

    Pretty much my thinking

    Racing is my favourite sport and I could enjoy it without a bet

    When i daydream, its of training horses not betting on them
    Some people say heís the best since Arkle and thatís certainly true when you look at what heís done

  8. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    The Shire
    Posts
    3,374
    Thanks
    151
    Thanked 332 Times in 238 Posts
    Yes me too. I like a good bet and take it seriously as I never have the intention of losing, but it wasn't always that way.

    My Godfather trained pointers, and as a little lad I used to think horses could fly because he would stand me next to the schooling fences and they would pretty much soar over me. The memories are still imprinted on my brain today. I love the sport for the sport first and foremost.

    This week I'll be happy to see Altior, Buveur D'air, and Tiger Roll confirm themselves as true Champions and I won't have a penny on (apart from in some multiples), and also I'd love to see Faugheen have a glorious swansong in the Stayers. I'll shout myself hoarse up the hill if he's there or thereabouts even against my own bets.
    Last edited by Maruco; 11th March 2019 at 5:15 PM.

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to Maruco For This Useful Post:

    granger (11th March 2019)

  10. #7
    Senior Member Tanlic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Bangkok Thailand
    Posts
    7,265
    Thanks
    130
    Thanked 262 Times in 238 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by granger View Post
    Pretty much my thinking

    Racing is my favourite sport and I could enjoy it without a bet

    When i daydream, its of training horses not betting on them
    Ask for that 250k back you put on Apples and put it on Buvi and you can buy your own mini Jackdaw castle
    Formely Fist of Fury

  11. #8
    Senior Member granger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Moscow Flyer Stables
    Posts
    16,209
    Thanks
    453
    Thanked 595 Times in 429 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Tanlic View Post
    Ask for that 250k back you put on Apples and put it on Buvi and you can buy your own mini Jackdaw castle

    Apple's is going to rip them apart
    Some people say heís the best since Arkle and thatís certainly true when you look at what heís done

  12. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Location
    Yorkshire
    Posts
    529
    Thanks
    332
    Thanked 191 Times in 177 Posts
    Agree about the not needing to have a bet. The one thing I really look forward to every year is the Supreme & hearing that roar at the "off"

  13. #10
    Senior Member Tanlic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Bangkok Thailand
    Posts
    7,265
    Thanks
    130
    Thanked 262 Times in 238 Posts
    What Spock would say

    Question 1. Could you/would you watch racing without ever having a bet?............Answer: Yes!

    Question 2. Do you bet?........Answer: Yes

    Question 3. Do you win or lose over the season? Answer I lose

    Logically speaking you could enjoy racing without betting but you bet despite losing your balls.........go and see Dr McCoy
    Formely Fist of Fury

  14. #11
    Senior Member Tanlic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Bangkok Thailand
    Posts
    7,265
    Thanks
    130
    Thanked 262 Times in 238 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by granger View Post
    Apple's is going to rip them apart
    Sounds painful but Buvi doesn't have any they removed his years ago
    Formely Fist of Fury

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •