Monday 22 January 2018

Back to Galway for another scutching

The Galway Races can be a uniquely challenging environment for the investor

‘They were effectively closing down his little operation, because he wouldn’t stop winning’
‘They were effectively closing down his little operation, because he wouldn’t stop winning’
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

I have only been to the Galway Races once. Or rather, twice during the same festival, on the Wednesday and the Thursday, during which time I somehow managed to back 14 losers in 14 races.

This was an exceptional performance. Like anyone else I have had bad days at the track, but I would usually have at least one winner, however modest it might be. It is almost a law of mathematics, that the punter is left with some small consolation, if only to bring him back for another scutching.

Only at Galway, I believe, is it possible for a person to experience two consecutive days of utter failure, nothing even in the first three, scarcely a mention from the course commentator. And I am convinced that if I were to go there again for the whole six days, I might well end up in a similar state of nothingness. Or something much less than nothingness, if we are being honest.

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