James Whitaker's column: ALL PAIN, NO GAIN.Byline: James Whitaker James Whitaker (born 4 October 1940) is a British journalist, specialising in the British royal family. Biography
A pupil at Uppingham School, Rutland, Whitaker is best known as the Royal Editor of the Daily Mirror.
SOMETIMES I wonder just how clever I am when it comes to gambling.
Two punts came to a head last weekend. My annual soccer bet with Gavers (he backs Arsenal, I take Liverpool) came to a hideous conclusion when, depressingly, the Gunners won the Cup (let alone carving up the Merseysiders in the League); while my wife brilliantly selected the winners of both the 2000 and 1000 Guineas.
I can't really complain about losing to my award-winning snapper snapper, name for members of the Lutianidae, a family of spiny-finned food and game fishes found chiefly in tropical coastal waters. Snappers are carnivorous, active, and voracious, with large mouths and sharp teeth. Most species travel in dense schools. pal, although Scouser Brian Reade Brian Reade is an award-winning writer who has two weekly opinion columns, one on sport, in the Daily Mirror. He is a left-wing republican with very outspoken views, and has interviewed many well known people, including Mohammed Ali. kept reassuring me all season that "our" team would triumph in the end.
And I can't argue with the choice of Frankie Dettori (at a mind-blowing 14/1) to win the first of the fillies' classics.
But where was the logic in Iwona selecting Rock Of Gibraltar at 9/1, except that our home in Spain overlooks this monolith?
Don'tcha just despair at women who back nags because of their names - and then collect?
MY LOSS: Arsenal nabbed the FA Cup and Sir Alex Ferguson's Rock Of Gibraltar won the 2000 Guineas