Once I finally bit the bullet and took the time to actually find a way to get a relatively consistent beginning, the annoyance factor diminished (somewhat).
The ending is still far too stupidly random, but a bit less so with some hard acquired strategies to follow (necessarily too vague to be called moves or techniques). There is a modicum of control now, as opposed to non - blind luck!
I feel that Gold here is a real possibility, but my change of heart is not so radical that I want to play this level again. Ever (probably).