Originally just once a year we used to visit the TAB for a very mini flutter. These days I still pick 3 horses for win or place to make watching the race worthwhile – but I never put any money on it! I save such a lot too because I tend to pick horses that are mares (only one this year), female jockeys (none this year) or NZ horses (only 2). Although favourites are usually in the places the outright winner is often unexpected.
horse racing and dog racing is very often controlled by big bookmakers or criminal gangs, it’s so easy to stop a horse or dog and fairly easy to make them faster but that can be detected easier, I once knew a man who was a cartoonist for the “Manchester Evening News”, he kept two greyhounds as a hobby, not to make money out of them, he told me about the two dog racing tracks in the Manchester area, he wouldn’t let his dogs anywhere near one of them, the goings on at the worst one were incredible, more fiddles than the Halle Orchestra
I don’t care about the horse races, only ever went once way back in about 1958 yuck!- we took a party of VIP’s down to the races, and all they did was run back and forward to the betting ring to place a bet. I couldn’t see the point of being there at all. These days it seems mainly about the ladies and their fashions the horses seem to be an after thought, it is predicted to be a chilly rainy day so I wonder if the ladies will rug up and hide their expensive gowns.?