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I still have a lot of friends in Bahrain and they all agree that Bahrain backed the wrong horse.
Blue Square look to have backed the wrong horse in making Nico Hulkenberg favourite to beat his Force India team-mate Paul di Resta.
Not for the first time in his life he backed the wrong horse when he decided to sign for Newcastle in 2005 instead of holding his nerve for Liverpool to make a move.
At the forum's recent annual conference, TV Dragon Richard Farleigh admitted he'd backed the wrong horse on most of his 75 small business investments, although 17 have galloped onto the Alternative Investment Market.
Unfortunately for him, Edison backed the wrong horse, because his preferred DC was technically inferior.
But technology fans who splashed out hundreds of pounds on HD DVD players when they launched here in 2006 have backed the wrong horse.
Birmingham without Longbridge is unthinkable,'' he said, adding that he had no regrets over supporting the Phoenix bid five years ago and denying that he backed the wrong horse.
But again Government backed the wrong horse - branding the bidders as asset strippers
There is a strong argument that Mugabe was wrong-footed by Mandela's release, and that he knew, even as he greeted the ANC leader, that he had, in a sense, backed the wrong horse during South Africa's struggle against apartheid.