Wednesday, February 16, 2011

In A Name

I was bored yesterday afternoon so decided to pick six horses and place them in an each-way Lucky 63.

As I didn't have the Racing & Football Outlook to guide me, I picked the horses out by name.

If anything stood out as special to me, it was on the shortlist.

Once I had selected the six racers, I put them I bet the £1.26 and looked at the potential winnings. I was shocked to see it in the £170,000 range so figured the chances of me get all six correct was slim and none.

And slim was just walking out of the door.

As I was babysitting, I wasn't at the computer during any of the races so kept logging into my betting account to check whether I was having any luck.

Horse one - Winner.

Horse two - Winner.

Horse three - Winner.

The other races had yet to take place at this point and I was shocked. I was fifty percent on my way to making something at least. I looked at the other names on the list and noticed that some had long odds so I wasn't holding out hope of them winning their races.

And I was right.

Sort of.

The fourth horse on the list lost.

The two horses with the longer odds (100/1 and 16/1 respectively) didn't win their races but they came either second or third so were 'placed' in the each-way betting so their odds were quartered.

I logged back in when all was done and had a little over £38 waiting for me.

Yeah, it could have been a lot more but I suppose - as usual - I rode my luck a little further than maybe I should have.

I never have this success when I back horses that the tipsters have given out so it just shows how useless stats and trends are in the grand scheme of things.

It's all in a name, folks. All in a name.

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