Dan Wagstaffe

Dan Wagstaffe

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Horse Racing Links - and thank you!

I recently made the decision to quit writing. This decision was reached a while ago. However, I read the autobiography of Balzac and experienced the onset of denial. The truth is that I've fallen out of love with creativity. I spent ten years living for writing and film-making, but the truth is that it's very difficult to make a living out of it. Theatre is populated by homosexuals (unfortunately, I'm straight - I recall a date with a theatre make-up artist who referred to the Gay Mafia within theatre), plus I'm not a rich kid with a dozen affluent, Jewish relatives - so a television and theatre career is out of the question.

Writing novels? To be honest, I can't be bothered living in solitude for three years, writing a novel about the 'fragility of the human condition' when if I hit the jackpot and get it published, I might earn £1,000 from the book. There's NO value in it.

Thankfully, I've re-discovered the entrepreneur within me. It's been trapped since 2005 when I got involved in a furniture business which dissipated after a short period. However, the hunger is back and I've decided to throw myself into horse racing - a sport I have always enjoyed. I am currently in the process of joining a local syndicate and once I've done satisfactory groundwork, I plan to become a full time horse racing punter, trader, and future owner. This is an exciting chapter in my life.

Finally, if anybody else wants to learn about the racing industry, the links (below) might be worth browsing. I won't be blogging much in the future - but when I do, it will be horse racing related. I'm not sure anybody ever read this blog, but if you read Honey Rich or watched Bang Up Or Pay Back? - it's much appreciated.

Cheers Dan











Thursday, 21 August 2014

The King of Ballydoyle - and son!

(Above) Top Irish trainer Aidan O Brien celebrated another victory for the brilliant Ballydoyle stable when 8/1 shot Tapestry shocked the racing world with victory over hot favourite Taghrooda (1/5) in the 3.40 Yorkshire Oaks, Group 1 on day 2 of the Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York.

(Above) Aidan O Brien deep in conversation. The man is a class act.

(Below) Joseph O Brien in the parade ring before 3.40 Yorkshire Oaks, Group 1 race earlier today. He was riding Venus De Milo also trained by father Aidan.