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For those who like the Reader’s Digest Version … we lost 1.70 Units today

One of my father’s favourite poems was If by Rudyard Kipling.  Today and this week seem to have been If days.  At Moe we finished 4th & 5th If only Young Farrelly could have have run straight, instead of laying in on Kaptaine.  If only Fast Spring could have won, rather than finish 2nd.  But that is racing and that is gambling.  Again it is how you deal with adversity, that defines you.

Kipling’s inspiration for the poem was Leander Starr Jameson’s failed attempt to overthrow the Boer Government of Paul Kruger.  This military action led to the Second Boer War.

I often reflect on this, my favourite part of the poem,

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
(Click picture to read the full poem)