On Saturday night, I came across a 'tip' for a horse that was running in the Kentucky Derby. I thought I'd have a very small bet on it for a laugh, so went online to have a wager.
In the short time it took for me to find the web page with the race on the betting website I was using, I forgot the name of the horse. Or rather I mis-remembered as I picked a horse I thought sounded like the one I was meant to bet on.
The horse I accidentally backed was Maximum Security.
I only bet £1 each-way on it, so thought I'd back a few other horses in order to round my wagers up to £10.
Those who know the result are sure to be aware that Maximum Security won the race only to be disqualified twenty minutes later. A stewards' inquiry decided the horse had impeded others in the race.
65/1 outsider - Country House - was then declared the winner.
As for me? I was gutted because none of the other horses I had backed after my mistake ended up winning. It was typical of my luck - the horse I accidentally backed goes on to win only for it to end up being DQ'd.
Fortunately for me, I woke up yesterday morning to an email from the betting firm I chose to bet with. The company told me that - per a special ruling - they declared Maximum Security AND Country House as winners.
I ended up getting back £10.70.
Yes, that's 70p profit but I am not going to complain. I went to bed thinking I had lost a tenner!