racing question on ethics
With the endless stories
about jockeys punting, trainers administering treatment when they
shouldn't, etc etc etc, here is a very simple question for all the
"holier than thous" and the countless boring "do gooders"
If through some amazing
"happenstance" you accidentally found out that this Sunday
at, well pick a track, let's say Stawell, what if you found out that
this Sunday at Stawell because of some "evil skullduggery"
that a certain horse was going to have more of a chance of winning
than otherwise would be the case,
WOULD YOU DO?
Would you back it and
hopefully pocket the winnings or go and tell the stewards in advance
of the race taking place?
Answer that honestly
to yourself - remembering that anyone who lies to themselves is absolutely
beyond any hope at all and should seek medical treatment.
Now I am not condoning
this behaviour. I simply point out out that it has been going on since
racing began and will continue to do so in to the far distant future
when your morally outraged bones will be dust.
So accepting that is
the case, what can you do as an individual punter?
The answer is two fifths of three quarters of the proverbial.
There will be times when
you are accidentally financially disadvantaged by it all and times
when you accidentally are advantaged through it.
The solution is exactly
the same as for any other racing circumstance that adds to the "chaos
Make sure you have a
reliable staking plan and a bank (that you don't need) to match.
I know I keep repeating
it but it is the biggest single truth of the whole conundrum: your
staking plan (investment plan, progressive table - call it whatever
the hell you want) is the single most important factor in achieving
a positive overall financial result.
if froth and bubble.
Everything. And that
includes "jockey scandals", "trainer scandals"
and any other boring "scandal" you want to come up with.
I am personally more
concerned about "dirty" politicians who are supposedly running
the whole joint than jockeys. They can do way more damage before they