Ballinasloe Active Retirement Association have taken to the sport of Kings like ducks to water!
Last Bank Holiday Monday, Oct 26th a group of 37 nag-lovers boarded Fahy’s bus and headed for Ballybrit. It was their second venture to the Galway October race meeting.
On arrival at the comfortable Killanin stand we were served a delicious meal . Having received our Race cards, we settled down to the serious business of studying form. Following much perusal and consultation, we made our choice for the first race. Some of us admitted to total ignorance of form or pedigree, while others (in the know) spoke knowledgeably about form and past performance. They explained the concept of place bets, each ways, double ,treble and reverse bets. By the time the uneducated amongst us were half way through the race card, we were au-fait with the merits of Ruby and Nina Mullins, Meade and Swan – experts all !!
Two euro each way netted fabulous wins of €2.40 and in one case 40 cents !
I don’t know if any one came home much richer, but we enjoyed the experience of racing corporate style and had a great day out.
On the way home,we were wondering if our next race meeting should be to the “Dogs”. There are those who would say that many of us have already “Gone to the Dogs”
Signed: Nancy Ward.