HERE is a brilliant article by Patrick Lawrence Gilligan, published recently on Thoroughbred Racing website.
How much do you love racing?
I like to think of myself as a realist, but more and more lately it seems hard to separate a realist from a pessimist, just as it is increasingly difficult lately to distinguish the difference between an optimist and a raving lunatic.
I am going to give it a go though. It is a new year. Now, I’m not saying that I got an uncomfortable feeling last New Year’s Eve when everyone was high fiving and whooping about 2020. How this was going to be THE year!!! But I did. Well they were right, it was THE year, just not in the way they expected.
I don’t think 2021 is going to be much to whoop about either, with climate change still there lurking behind the dread fog of Covid. Standing on the cusp of a possible economic black swan. We may find that 2020 was the beginning of a new reality. That this time they really were the good old days, those past decades.
But I am going to be an optimist for once, I am going to ignore all the facts, the data, human nature, all the dinosaur bones, and deliver an upbeat message through the medium of horseracing. Because in 2020 this declining, ever-less-relevant industry (in most people’s eyes anyway) delivered us diversion, entertainment, excitement and – perhaps most importantly – days to look forward to. And that is something to really be happy about.
Image: Thanks to Charlie Mackesy on Equilink.