How An English Certainty Failed, Daily Racing Form, 1919-06-19


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HOW AN ENGLISH CERTAINTY FAILED FAILEDSome Some years ago there was a horse called Black Arrow running in a race at Goodwood He had only two competitors to beat The kings jockey rode him and such a positive certainty did the race appear to be for him that backers had to bet odds of 100 to 7 on his winning that is to say they had to risk 500 to win 35 Scores of little punters bet the bookies 2500 to 175 that he wins winsThe The horses cantered to the starting post tlie tapes went up and to the undisguised horror of the plungers tlie badtempered Black Arrow instantly whipped around and never ran a yard in the race The plungers of course lost their money some of them many thousands of pounds and many littl backers were ruined through their asininu folly of gambling heavily on a presumed certainty

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