Sunday, 5 February 2023

What Happened to Race Horse Shergar?

Shergar was a thoroughbred racehorse that won the 1981 Epsom Derby, one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Shergar was considered one of the greatest racehorses of all time and was widely popular with horse racing fans. However, Shergar's career was cut short when he was abducted from a stud farm in Ireland, and his fate remains a mystery to this day. In this essay, we will examine the story of Shergar and what happened to the beloved racehorse.

Shergar was bred in Ireland by the Aga Khan and was sold as a yearling for a then-record price of £10 million. He was trained by Sir Michael Stoute, who is considered one of the greatest trainers in the history of horse racing. Shergar made his racing debut in 1980 and quickly established himself as one of the best horses of his generation. He won several races, including the 2000 Guineas, and was considered the favorite for the 1981 Epsom Derby.

Shergar lived up to his billing and produced an outstanding performance to win the 1981 Epsom Derby by a record margin of ten lengths. He was the first horse to win the race by such a large margin, and he was widely regarded as one of the greatest horses of all time. Shergar was due to run in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes later that year, but he was never to run again.

On February 8, 1983, Shergar was abducted from a stud farm in Ireland, where he was standing at stud. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of £2 million, but it is not clear if the ransom was paid. Shergar was never seen again, and his fate remains a mystery to this day.

There have been several theories about what happened to Shergar, but none have been proven conclusively. Some believe that he was killed by the kidnappers, while others believe that he was sold to a foreign country. There have also been reports of sightings of Shergar, but none have been confirmed.

The disappearance of Shergar had a significant impact on the horse racing industry, and it remains one of the biggest mysteries in the sport. The case was widely covered by the media, and it led to increased security measures at stud farms and racing stables around the world. The incident also highlighted the high value of thoroughbred horses, and it raised awareness of the risks associated with the breeding and racing of horses.

In conclusion, Shergar was a thoroughbred racehorse that won the 1981 Epsom Derby and was considered one of the greatest horses of all time. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Shergar's career was cut short when he was abducted from a stud farm in Ireland, and his fate remains a mystery to this day. The disappearance of Shergar had a significant impact on the horse racing industry, and it remains one of the biggest mysteries in the sport.

Saturday, 28 January 2023

Checking Your Email is Very Much like Gambling

I don't know about you, but I'd hate to think I was addicted to anything. 

In fact, I could write a list of all the things I'm not addicted: 

Smoking. 
Gambling. 
Alcohol. 

The list could go on forever. Well, at least, I hope it would else I may have a problem or two. I'm sure one addiction would be hard. Two it's getting complicated. Three or more and I'd be drinking scotch at the Betty Ford Clinic while flicking through porn on my phone.

I guess you could be addicted to something!

''Move on, Bozo, I'm not addicted to anything. Not even your amazing articles...''

The problem with addiction is that often we don't even realise we have a problem until it's too late. 

This ''addiction thingamabob'' doesn't even raise its ugly head until someone boxes us into a corner, steals our meds (Betty Ford) or we read an article, like this, and consider, for a moment, and say:

''What the hell, I'm dealing with a full-blown addiction. I'm struggling to stop doing A, B, or C (C doesn't stand for crack cocaine, well not for me, at least). 

I really don't know. What's your ''Pleasure?''

How many times do you check your email? 

I love reading, especially psychology because it is a tool for advantage. The publication Predictably Irrational is written by Dan Ariely (2009). 

Email addiction (as with all social media) does have a psychological principle behind it. In fact, behavioural psychologist B.F. Skinner called it ''schedules of reinforcement''. Unsurprisingly, this is all about the relationship between actions and associated rewards. You may have read about the Skinner Box which housed a hungry rat and lever the rodent pressed to get a pellet of food. 

Now here's the reason why you just love to keep checking your email like a hungry rat or a gambler playing the slots. 

Skinner's distinguished between fixed-ratio and variable-ratio schedules of reinforcement. 

Under the fixed-schedule, a rat would receive a pellet of food if pressing the lever a fixed number of times (say 20 lever presses and hey presto he gets some corn). It's like you playing the slots but guaranteed a win every 10 spins. 

The varied schedule sees the rat wondering which press of the lever will deliver his next meal. It could be the first press or the hundredth. It's random, so your guess is as good as mine (or the rats). 

I guess we can all associate with the unpredictable nature of variability. 

But here's the interesting question: ''Which of the two ''fixed-ratio'' or ''varied-ration'' is the most motivating? 

You might think the fixed ratio would be more motivating and rewarding because you can predict the outcome. 

However, the varied ratio is more motivating.  

The true details are appreciated when the motivation stops. With the fixed-ratio reinforcement, the rat stops pressing the lever pretty quickly when the reward isn't forthcoming. 

The problem with the varied-ratio reinforcement is that the rat kept pressing the lever in hope of a reward even if it was an unprecedented number of presses. The rat's thinking: ''I'd normally have some food by now after 100 presses but now I'm on 1000 I'd better continue.''

You may have guessed that rats aren't the only ones to struggle with the varied-ratio reinforcement - humans do too. It's a great way to motivate. 

From a gambling perspective, it's the dark magic that keeps you playing the slots (as it does with the lottery, roulette & even your premium bonds).

How much fun would it be to play a slot machine if it guaranteed a win every ten spins? At first, it seems a good idea but it would soon become boring. The joy of gambling is its unpredictable nature. You may wait for 101 spins but if you hit the jackpot who cares! Basically, it keeps you playing.

But what does this have to do with email?

Even though you may have never thought about it before, checking your email is very much like gambling. 

Most emails are junk. It's like pulling the lever of a one-armed bandit and losing. 

However, every so often you receive a message you really want. It may be a message from a friend, relate to a job, or some random casino offering 100 free spins. We are happy to receive an unexpected email. 

That's why we become addicted to checking, hoping for a surprise. 

We just keep pressing that lever, again and again, until we get our reward. 

So that is the reason you may well have an email addiction. 

Photo: Pixabay free for commercial use and no attribution but given



Wednesday, 4 January 2023

Software for online casino games

Software for online casino games
Online casino gambling has become very popular because of its simplicity and affordability. There are thousands of sites where you can gamble with real money or play free games without risking your own money at the same time. If you want to try out some of these real money casinos , then you will require a reliable browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. These browsers are known for their reliability, speed, and security. In addition, they also provide excellent customer support whenever needed. The latest version of a browser is always better than its predecessor. You should therefore consider upgrading to a newer version if it is not already installed. Let's see in this article some of the software that players need to download before playing online casino games.

Windows Media Player 

This is an application used by most users to listen to music through digital media devices such as iPods, MP3 players and more importantly CDs. It allows you to enjoy any kind of music using a player on your PC or laptop without having to pay exorbitant amounts of money. Windows Media Player is one of the best tools available to all music lovers. 

Adobe Flash 

A Flash file is an executable format designed specifically for multimedia content distribution across multiple platforms. Its first use was as a toolset for creating animated movies and interactive applications made possible by advanced graphics capabilities like 3D rendering and animation. However, in recent years, Flash files have been widely adopted into the world of gaming. One of the reasons why is that developers now understand how to build pokies online games using flash technology instead of just adapting game engines created for other systems. Players don't need to install anything on their computers to experience games made with flash technology. 

Java (J2ME) 

This is another application format mainly developed for mobile phones. Unlike HTML, which requires a web browser, Java programs run directly within the operating system of the computer. Moreover, unlike Apple's Mac OS X and Microsoft's iOS and Android software, each platform has different programming languages. For instance, Macintosh runs Objective-C and Java; while iPhone uses C and Cocoa Touch, and Android uses Java. 

In conclusion, there are many ways to access the internet nowadays. Before visiting any website, make sure you know what type of internet connection you will be accessing. Your choice is also determined by whether you would like to surf anonymously or not. Photo: Pixabay (free)

Sunday, 18 December 2022

Sunday's 2yo Racing Tips (18th December)

1:09 Wolverhampton - 

Supaspecialawesome doesn't look much value. Abby's Dream has run three times which is a negative unless starting at the top of the market. Burke's Tilt At Windmills may be value as a high stat horse if 13/2 and less sp (they can win up to 8/1 but seem a touch hit and miss so I generally think half stake if that price). I would much rather the horse be 13/2 and less sp. It ran a fair race on debut without looking anything special but may improve for the run and stepping up to 7f. I would keep an eye on the betting and if over 13/2 class it as a weakness. 

2:09 Wolverhampton - 

Sergeant Pep looks straightforward and could lead. Was half fancied on debut and ran well enough in second place. Has fair stats if 13/2 and less sp. Not giving much away at 6/4. Doesn't look value. Great State won well last time and this step up in trip should help. I don't really consider the implications of the win penalty, rather the standard of the horse, so looks a decent type who could go well. Again, no real value unless drifting in the betting. Macho Mania has run well on both starts and hasn't done much wrong, just beaten by a couple of fair horses (both significantly entered). Looks the type to be help up off the pace and run to the line, which is never bad news. Could be a close call between the top three in the betting as they all look to have something going for them. Midnightattheoasis went through the sales ring although a home bred from part owner Christopher Wright. This suggests they will be looking to take advantage of banded races at some point. Not a bad bred horse. Charles Hills has debut winners up to 25/1 and doesn't have the worst stats at bigger prices although very hit and miss. Never easy taking on experienced horse, especially on a turning track and best watched. My Delilah has been half fancied on both starts and my have a glimmer of hope. She isn't a bad looking horse and didn't help herself with a slow start and pulling hard on debut over 6f. She ran wide on the final bend but would have hit the frame it all had gone well. Settled better second start when fancied in the betting and, again, didn't do much wrong running to the line. Stepping up to 6f may see her a little keen, but hopefully not, and I wouldn't be surprised if they lead. The last race was slightly difficult to assess. Not the easiest horse to hold strong claims but at 16/1 is, perhaps, one of the few horses in the race with an element of value. However, whether she can beat the three favourites is another question.

Jason

Thursday, 1 December 2022

Why Matchbook should be your preferred betting exchange

Here's an interesting question. Do you bet with an exchange or traditional bookmaker when it comes to big races? Exchanges represent a competitive market and there are some excellent options for anyone wanting to enter this exciting and potentially lucrative area of sports gambling. It would be a shame therefore if individual customers are opting to choose a company just because they perceive them to be a ‘household name’. That said, many punters will be looking to place their bets with traditional bookmakers and take advantage of the best Grand National betting offers. This is true for those wishing to open a new account where they can receive attractive bonuses and free bets. The Grand National is such a popular race that many bookmakers/exchanges give punters the chance to bet like never before. 


By doing this, you may be denying yourself the option to enjoy greater benefits such as lower commissions on trades and a greater range of promotions across the sporting calendar. Matchbook can offer those benefits to every single new and existing customer, allowing them to prosper and enjoy greater benefits than other exchanges can provide.

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There are many common complaints levelled at some of the alternative betting exchanges. Typically, customers might be concerned at the downtime experienced with one of two of our competitors and when prices are changing by the second, that is an immensely frustrating factor. Additionally, if you want to cash out and your exchange’s site is suffering delays, you could risk losing your entire profit.

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Friday, 18 November 2022

Friday's Racing Tips (18th November)

5:15 Kempton - 

Rainbow Sky cost a fortune and well bred. High stats but no real value. Humankind did little on debut but has high stats if 13/2 and less (realistically 11/2 and less sp). Very little hope of winning if over 10/1. Khinjani ran well last time out and was a high stat horse that day. Ran a very good race and I would have to think this horse has ew claims. Not best drawn but experience should help and horse which should sit handy. 

5:45 Kempton - 

Glittering Lights is a high stat horse but no value. Inner Space has claims if 13/2 and less sp. Scenic has a class 2 stakes entry didn't show a great deal on debut but there has been money for this horse and has fair stats sto if 13/2 and less sp. Mantoog has fair ew claims if 14/1 and less sp although generally struggles to win. Sunset Point is a giant price but may be backed. Has little hope of winning if not priced 7/1 and less sp. 

6:15 Kempton - 

A banded race. Bonkersinabundance is a high stat horse if 9/2 and less sp. Supaspecialawesome is a high stat horse if 13/2 and less sp. Very good ew claims. 

6:45 Kempton - 

Maharajas Express has a group entry and been backed. Doesn't win too many races on debut but has fair stats at 14/1 and less sp. Being a banded race give more hope. Mr Rascal has fair stats if 13/2 and less sp. Macho Mania has decent stats if 9/2 and less sp. 

Jason

Tuesday, 11 October 2022

Tuesday's 2yo Racing Tips (11th October)

Three races today. 

I had a quick look yesterday but will go through them now. 

2:30 Leicester - 

Looks a tough race. Highbank is a winner and a decent horse with plenty of entries. Flight Plan doesn't have any group entries. Has fair stats but price to chance unless backed to 6/4 and less. Caragio ran well on debut and has high stats if 13/2 and less sp (43% win and 71% place). Hasn't had any winners priced over 13/2 sto. Utilis has entries and has a decent official rating at 85 but after five runs is a negative. Escarpment ran well on debut after finding his stride and off the pace and then ran on well. Looked to be trying hard and a creditable effort. Has decent stats at 13/2 and less sp (18% win and 56% place). Biggest winner sto 14/1. 

Looks a tough race to me and I would need to let the betting settle which may help. 

3:40 Leicester - 

A class 3 race. A tough looking race. A watching race for me. 

7:05 Newcastle - 

The two favourites set a fair standard but no value. No Title showed good pace last time in a fair race and drops in distance. Not the easiest to assess. Chattel Village has a level of ability but ran poorly after a long lay off on soft going. A question mark about this horse. Grandad Bob is a nice looking horse and ran well to a point for Paul Midgley. Has ok stats if 13/2 and less sp. Generally a trainer who struggles to win. A race I would rather watch. Can't see too much of interest today. 

Jason

Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Wednesday's 2yo Racing Tips (5th October)

2:05 Nottingham - 

A big old field of 15 runners. Tough Enough ran well on debut and should improve but no real value at odds on. Martyn Meade has been quiet this season and Vecchio has run two fair races without looking a strong hope. Morboka hails from Owen Burrows' stable. He can pop up with a debut winner although they are few and far between. They have very good place claims up to 14/1 but they often struggle to win. Novus ran well on debut when running on with spirit and looked to hold strong claims but a giant drifter in the market and a disappointing effort. Experience on side may show up but, again, a horse that doesn't quite look up to winning a fair maiden. May have ew claims but you could be pushing your luck. All in all an open looking race. I would have to take a watching brief. 

3:15 Nottingham - 

A Class 2 stakes race. A decent race which should detail a good few winners in time. Liberty Lane is well though of in Burke's stable and backed. It would be significant if starting 6/4 and less sp. If outside this betting guide the chances of this colt winning would be lessened. Still, a horse of potential and likely winner this term. Roger Varian does well this month of the year with his debutantes and Sealine is worthy of note. A horse which has claims if 5/1 and less sp especially so if 11/4 and less. Ralph Beckett has been in fine form all season and owners Valmont have been literally flying with their debutantes for the stable. There has been money for this horse and one to respect especially with such a wealth of talent in the stable. Would be significant if priced 11/4 and less sp. David Simcock hasn't been firing on all cylinders this season but October is a decent month for debutantes and Amo Racing are always worthy of a second glance especially if the money comes. Alex The Great has claims if priced in single figures. A tough looking race where the betting may help identify strength and weakness. In truth, all of these horses have potential and worth following in the near future. 

5:50 Kempton - 

The exceptionally well bred Higher Law. Definitely a live chance if priced 11/4 and less sp. Really looking forward to seeing this colt. Syndicated disappointed on his first two starts when short odds and then won well on his third start. Stepping up in distance may help defy the win penalty although I do think that race last time out fell apart to some extent. If the favourite is a class act, I would be surprised if Andrew Balding's charge was good enough. However, that's the question. Hydration seems half fancied in the betting. Roger Charlton's charge ran quite wide for a long way last time out and then tired in the closing stages. Will definitely need to improve on that run and may hold claims if fancied in the betting. I think the betting will tell the story for this colt. Conclusion, very interested in the favourite but no real value. Similarly, Syndicated doesn't look to hold much value and I would be considering Charlton's Hydration but if not priced 13/2 and less sp I would view as a slight negative. 

6:25 Kempton - 

Looks a two horse race with Lieber Power and Supreme King at short odds. No real value and best watched.

Monday, 26 September 2022

Monday's 2yo Racing Update (26th September)

A few races today: 

1:38 Hamilton - 

No particular interest. 

2:00 Ffos Las - 

The favourite is very short and should win in what looks a weak race. 

6:00 Newcastle - 

Interesting race. On entries and form Ivory Madonna should walk this but she has struggled to win and after five decent efforts she may have a limitation. However, on all all ways of thinking this should be a fine chance to taste victory. Saying that Lady Marie has excellent stats if 9/2 and less sp (40%) win. Over this price would be price to chance. The betting should tell the story. I must admit, I do think for any debutante to beat the favourite would take some doing but it is more likely that the favourite will disappoint for this to happen. To add to the mix Charlie Fellowes has Fitz Perfectly who would have decent stats (25%) win if 13/2 and less. Would need to see how the betting goes to get an idea. 

6:30 Newcastle - 

Looks a weak race. Lord Sam's Castle doesn't look very interested in winning. Star Sound has decent stats at 7/2 and less but probably price to chance. Tony says he's having a bet on Everythingshewants. I've not looked at the individuals yet. Looks a weak looking race to me so anything could happen. 

7:00 Newcastle - 

Interesting to see how De Foy's Emirates Voice goes here with a group entry and class 2 stakes. A banded race should be an ideal chance if having ability and the trainer has done well with his debutantes and has a measure of ability through other juveniles. Oh So Charming sets a decent start and won't be the easiest to beat but if you can get a decent price on De Foy's you'd hope it has ew claims.

Jason

Friday, 23 September 2022

Friday's 2YO Update (23rd September)

3:00 Newmarket - 

Watching race. 

3:15 Haydock - 

Not the easiest race to assess. Changing ground may see more non runners. A few in here have run to a decent level. Annie Maher has proven a fair sort but not won yet. Always a slight concern with horses on their fourth start. Pure Asset was fancied to go well on debut but struggled after a very slow start, but ran on with spirit. Cost 190,000g and was pretty short priced that day so could be a decent type. Horton hasn't achieved a great deal this formative season especially when you consider the money spent. Not seen for 150 days it's one of those horses. I would probably watch and see today. Centrefold has a couple of entries and been short priced on both starts. Clearly held in some regard and beaten by decent horse should run a race and may have fair claims here. Lady Manyara ran well last time out and was beaten by two fair horses. Travelled well and you have to think she has a chance. Ed Walker's Chandeleur Island would have fair stats if priced 11/1 - 14/1 sp. Dekota Elegance showed good pace on debut before tiring. Meehan has decent stats sto if 9/1 and less sp. All in all a competitive looking race with a few horses with a similar profile. I think Centrefold has claims but a difficult one. 

3:50 Haydock - 

Mutaany has bumped into a couple of decent horses. Has a level of ability but no value. Also, fourth start is a worry. Almaty Star cost a lot, well owned and trained. The stable do well with debutantes this month. Best 5/1 and less sp. Atomic Impact has a few fancy entries. Has ability but looks to have some limitation. Kerdos cost a sum of money and Cox can go well on debut and this is a decent month for winners. Would have claims if 5/1 and less sp. Best to watch the betting as it may help identify strength and weakness. 

4:10 Newmarket - 

Kolsai was unlucky not to have won on debut. Has very high stats today and must go well. Regal Honour has very good stats if 11/4 and less sp. Hannon has three horses running here. Ballymore Vision has been given a Listed entry and class 2 stakes and may have a chance at speculative odds. Always hit and miss but can have their day. Once again the betting may help detail strength and weakness. Kolsai looks a fair chance especially if drifting in the betting. 

6:15 Newcastle - 

Looks a competitive race.

Friday, 12 August 2022

Friday's Racing Tips (12th August)

1:25 Newbury - 

Interesting race. Looking forward to seeing how Centrefold goes. Not much value but could go well. Cruella De Vill is a high stat horse if 13/2 and less sp. The betting should tell the story for this horse which has ew claims if in best betting guide. 

2:00 Newbury - 

Leadman and Bussento are entered and run well on debut. No real value. Lahab is a high stat horse if 9/1 and less sp. Interesting to see how Boxing Alex goes. It could be a hope at giant odds.I wonder if there will be money come for this horse. Not the easiest race but fascinating. 

3:10 Newbury - 

Watching race. 

5:10 Newmarket - 

Bold Act is short. Will be hard to beat if 1/4. 

6:15 Newmarket - 

No real opinion. 

7:15 Thirsk - 

Interesting race. If Farhhfromforgotten is a big price may be worth a bet, could be backed. I would be looking for 9/1, which looks unlikely. 

7:50 Thirsk - 

Marshman has a string of entries and could defy the penalty. Installation may have a hope but no value.