I am not a big gambler but I do like going to the races and I am lucky enough to live not far away from one of the biggest horse-racing events in the world.
The Cheltenham Festival is about as ‘just up the road’ as you can get living in Exeter and it is a fantastic place to be.
There is plenty of glitz and glamour and some serious money spinning around – lots of it surrounding the Premiership footballers who are there every year.
There’s a few professional rugby players there as well. The Gloucester boys are famous for their love of the event.
I blend in well and go for it big time with my attempts at sartorial elegance. I do the same on the golf course. With both pastimes though, it’s a case of “all the gear, no idea”.
On the tipping front, I am an amateur and my tips during the week proved that.
Let’s just say that I didn’t come back a millionaire.
I do have someone to blame though. My fiancée Sarah’s dad is really into his horses and I always listen and learn to what he says, picking up a few tips along the way.
Only this year, they were rubbish. As if it’s not bad enough looking after his daughter, he’s hit me in the pocket on the nags as well!
It was good to get some time off and relax though, win or lose.
And it was the same for all of the boys at the club. Lots of guys have already played a lot of rugby this season and the break created by the LV= Cup spell gave our two Argentinians, Ignacio Mieres and Gonzalo Camacho a chance to go back home for a week.
A few of the boys went to Florida while others enjoyed a few good rounds of golf at a club near us, Woodbury Park.
I went back to my roots in Coventry for a few days and banked a few brownie points with Sarah by going to a wedding fayre.
If she sees the bank balance after Cheltenham, I will need them.
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