Sunday, April 10, 2016

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.. I've Lost Count!

If you read yesterday's post, you'll recall that - for this year's Grand National - I threw caution to the wind and decided to pick a name that stood out to me when going through the list of runners.

I settled for Rule The World for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, it reminded me of Sid Vicious. No, not the guy from the Sex Pistols - the wrestler. Sid was one of my favourite wrestlers back in the day and his motto that he was the 'master and ruler of the world'.

Or something like that.

Another thing that dragged me to 'Rule The World' was, earlier this week, I was speaking to a friend about how much I had won betting on WrestleMania. I joked that I was like Scarface sitting at a table with blocks of cash in front of me.

I linked Scarface to 'Rule The World' because, in the movie, there's a scene when Tony Montana looks up and sees the blimp with the message 'The World Is Yours' illuminating from its side.

It certainly was a loose connection.

But it was a winning one.

I sat down to watch the race and decided that, for today's post, I would count how many mentions of 'Rule The World' I heard from the commentators. The plan was to gauge how well the horse performed based on how many times it was mentioned during the race. The angle I was looking to go went a full 180 on me.

Not that I'm going to complain about that!

I counted eleven before I was off the sofa with my head in my hands in shock that this was the year I had the big Grand National win.

Rule The World won at 50//1. It closed at 33/1, but I had taken the 50s on Friday night.

It was the only bet I placed on the race this year. I had no faith in the bet coming in, so only staked £1 each-way. Not going to kick myself for deciding to have a small punt. A win is a win.

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