She kindly paid for a very expensive dinner in London a month or so ago. I asked her how much she had paid for the horse. It was lot. I asked how much the monthly fees were. It was a lot. She said the horse was also injured currently, and vets fees were extra. I said "blimey, you might as well wipe your arse with £50 notes". This coincided with a quiet moment in the restaurant. She asked for the bill soon after.
Anyway, today, if she's like me, she'll have had a damned good thump on it each way. It came fourth.
Whatever way you look at it, that's an expensive hobby. Compared to, say, gambling. Which, as the figures alongside suggest, isn't exactly cheap. But, then the way I bet, looking for a cluster of long prices, it's always been thus. Long, long periods of slight losses, followed by a day, or hopefully two, when the planets align and kerpow, bang, kit and kaboodle.
Once it happened on a Guineas' weekend. Never repeated. Probably never will. But as I'm away this weekend you may as well have my thoughts.
At the prices, I like the Hannon second strings. If you're someone who trusts Richard Hughes that should presumably give a big nod to the ones he's chosen. But I'll build an each way portfolio around Van Der Neer in the 2000 with, Maureen in the 1000. And Agent Alison - a Buick double - I still have faith in Chapple-Hyam - useless with people, great with horses. And What a Name at a more sensible price.
Enjoy the sun....