Let Good Friday make it a Good Saturday - William Hill advance advert
Horse Racing and Betting on Good Friday. - see the full article here
"Most riders are unhappy about plans to have horse racing on Good Friday, says the chief executive of the Professional Jockeys' Association.
They are worried about losing a rare rest day and the effect on their awards night, Paul Struthers said.
The move - supported by top female rider Hayley Turner - could provide the sport with a windfall of more than £1m.
But the organiser of a Good Friday charity open day has called the proposal "greedy and selfish".
Several trainers and others within the industry have also voiced their backing for what they see as a unique chance to exploit a valuable commercial opportunity. "
It would be easy to be an outraged Christian, and to point out a number of reasons why one day in the calendar, and a day of overriding importance in the Christian Year, should retain its special status as the only day in the year when, up till now, there was no betting. Even easier to point out the vaccuous predictability of the comment see a unique opportunity to exploit a valuable commercial opportunity." And unnecessarily fliuppant to speculate on the lost opportunity two thousand years ago to sell tickets for the three man crucifixion show on Calvary.
And yet. Betting on Good Friday. Am I not right in saying some of the soldiers from the Roman execution squad gambled at the foot of the cross to settle who got the designer robe, all woven of one piece, that had belonged to the carpenter Messiah with delusions of being the King of the Jews. As if any upstart Galilean could look Pilate in the eye and talk of his Kingdom and expect to walk away. They's nailed him, and now there was a 'valuable commercial opportunity' for one of them. Win the robe and put it on Ebay - or its Greco-Roman equivalent!
Only those who saw beyond the blood and the nails, the thorns and the dust, and only those who heard behind the anguished cries of a dying would be Messiah, would feel that the gamblers were unwittingly placing bets and throwing dice as the world turned away from God in the ultimate affront of throwing God's love back in his face. So I guess it's unreasonable, I'm not being ironic, to expect a culture insatiable in its search for profit and 'valuable commercial opportunities', to think twice about betting on Good Friday; indeed it would be a Good Friday while so many people are on holiday for some reason or another. That reason being the all but forgotten significance of Easter for a culture where chocolate eggs also represent a valuable commercial opportunity, and where the main argument proposed against racing and betting on Good Friday, in the absence of any others voiced, was that the jockeys needed the extra day off.