One sunny morning, Merlin beckoned Wilbur to his enchanted study, filled with dusty spellbooks, bubbling potions, and a rather peculiar crystal ball that occasionally doubled as a fortune-telling disco ball. Merlin, with his long, flowing beard and sparkling robes, looked every bit the part of a sorcerer ready to impart wisdom.
"Wilbur, my lad, today we delve into the mystical art of horse betting," Merlin declared with a twinkle in his eye. "It's not just about picking a fast horse, but about sensing the magical energy surrounding them."
The duo ventured to the Eldoria Hippodrome, where unicorns pranced in the distance and the sound of hooves echoed through the air. Merlin began his lesson with a dramatic flourish, summoning a magical scroll that listed the secrets of successful horse betting.
"First rule, Wilbur: trust your instincts and tap into the mystical currents. Feel the magic in the air!" Merlin exclaimed, his voice echoing across the hippodrome.
As they perused the list of mystical guidelines, a particularly quirky entry caught Wilbur's eye - "Betting on a Dragon, the Mythical Number 7."
Merlin chuckled, "Ah, that brings me to a legendary tale! Once, I bet on a dragon named Mythical Number 7. A dragon, Wilbur! Not your typical horse, mind you."
With a mischievous gleam in his eye, Merlin recounted the story of the infamous race where Mythical Number 7, a dragon with scales shimmering like a thousand rainbows, entered the competition. The crowd gasped in disbelief as the dragon stood towering over the other horses, flames flickering from its nostrils.
"Just as they were about to start, I whispered a little spell to enhance our chances," Merlin confessed with a wink.
The race began, and Mythical Number 7 surged forward with a thrust of flames, leaving the other horses in a smoky trail. The spectators watched in awe as the dragon soared through the track, his wings casting shadows over the bewildered jockeys.
"Imagine the odds on that one!" Merlin chuckled, remembering the uproar of excitement in the betting stands. "Sometimes, my dear Wilbur, you have to embrace the unexpected and bet on the most magical creature in the race!"
The tale left Wilbur both amazed and amused, realizing that the art of horse betting with Merlin was not just about statistical analysis but embracing the fantastical.
As they left the hippodrome, Merlin bestowed a final piece of advice upon his apprentice, "Remember, Wilbur, magic is everywhere, even in the hoofbeats of a dragon. Now, go forth and may your bets be as enchanting as the tales we weave!"
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