OK, I exaggerate. Picking three horses in the Grand National that did not finish in the first 6 past the post is hardly a disaster, but it has wiped out the stake money for my online gambling hobby.
On the plus side, I was prompted to organise the sweepstake at work and some lucky colleagues will be collecting £40, £30 and £10 (1st, 2nd and 3rd horses) for their £2 stake.
All horses and jockeys competed without serious injury this year. This was not always the case, and horses and riders have lost their lives in this gruelling 4 and a half mile race over big fences.
I liked the recent story about a man finding his dead father-in-law’s betting slip for the 1973 National in which Red Rum was the winner. The betting shop honoured the bet and paid out £130 worth of winnings plus a free bet and charity donation of the same value – great publicity.