Back to Galway for another scutching
The Galway Races can be a uniquely challenging environment for the investor
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.