Maybe it’s true, but since being lucky isn’t something you can inherit, train for, practice at, or choose as your life plan, on balance it might be better to try to be good than hope to be lucky. And that is the aim of The Champagne Kid service.
Unless you are one of the very lucky few, the photo-finishes will almost always seem to go against you; it will be your horse that falls at the first in the Grand National; it will be the jockey on your horse that takes the hood off late leaving the stalls, and so on. You are not alone! You are an everyday punter – one of the millions of us. And I believe one of the best antidotes to take the sting out of such misfortunes is to adopt the attitude belted out in the chorus of that great old Chumbawamba song – “I get knocked down, But I get up again, You’re never gonna keep me down..”
Anyway, that was the thinking I had to adopt after I had watched the 2 horses I had backed in the Punchestown Champion Novice Chase last Tuesday disappear of the side of the TV screen when jockey Paul Townend inexplicably ‘lost his bearings,’ just as the two leaders, Al Boum Photo and Finian’s Oscar approached the final fence, where either of them winning would have left me with a profit. It’s not often a Novice Chase run in Ireland makes the main BBC news bulletin, but this one was so remarkable and bizarre, it did and it deserved its spot in the lights. If you haven’t seen it, go and find a replay of it. Crazy stuff!
The whole luck and balance element of life has over time attracted a lot of commentary, and as well as the ‘better to be lucky than good’ saying there are a few others. Such as ‘It all evens up over time.’ Oh yes? Try telling that to just about any football fan whose team has just suffered the 20th bad penalty decision of the season against them. “No, it doesn’t” you scream at the TV as the dopey overpaid football pundit solemnly tells you ‘it all evens up over the season!’
Or, the old ‘swings and roundabouts’ response casually directed towards you by your uncaring mates as Lady Luck deserts you once again. So, what do you do when you’ve had all the swings, and you deserve more roundabouts than you could find in Milton Keynes? My answer is – be good, not lucky!
Yes, given that luck isn’t something you can choose to have on your side, the alternative is to try to be as good as you can. That is the ethos of The Champagne Kid racing service. Hard work, thorough preparation, and the ability to get up again after a knockdown (there will be a few), as well as dedication and perseverance, will in the end overcome those ‘swings and roundabouts of outrageous fortune.’
Until next time, be lucky (*)!
(*) Oops, I meant be good!