BEN’S BLOG: ‘Loyalty in The Game’

I have three pen-pals. 1, an art-dealer in Minneapolis. Another, an ex-client, being held at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. And an Australian Bookmaker.

The Australian Bookie, is a guy called Rob Waterhouse. He’s bet on the track all of his life. After a while, once you’ve learnt the figures and betting side of things, the emotional intelligence needed kicks in, and is what really protects you from the scallywags.

I like the story in Sunday’s Racing Post, regarding trainer Venetia Williams, publicly showing loyalty, to her jockey, Charlie Deutsch, following his imprisonment for drink-driving. Ms Williams clearly has class and loyalty in spades. But loyalty is something you do find in The Game.

We are gamblers. Or we are competitors. That’s the world we live in. And it is our life. It is. Let’s tell the truth. So, by nature, we are going to have highs and lows. Some lows more dangerous than others. It is during these times, that we find out who the free-loaders are. Who took the profits but wouldn’t pay the losses? Who disappeared for a little snigger behind your back? It’s actually, with hindsight, a benefit to have that bump in the road.

Rob The Bookie. Let’s go back to him. Well, he has a phrase. And it’s one of my favourites. Make it your phrase of the day too, Blog. TO FORGIVE ALL IS TO KNOW ALL.

In other news:

Chess, London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4ES. Super-talented cast, including Alexandra Burke and Mike and The Mechanics. But the class act; Michael Ball. ABBA write the music. The London Coliseum, the sensational setting for this top show. It’s only on for 1 more week. BE QUICK. 8

Over and out, B x