Welcome to the Late Breakfast Show, although an accident in the kitchen means there will be no food on offer.
You see, I’m staying at a flat in Cheltenham for this week’s National Hunt Festival and I mistakenly put an electric kettle on a gas hob. Cue flames, melting plastic, smoke, four firefighters and two breathing apparatus.
Enough of that, though. After a day when the bookies beat the punters hands down, it is time to salute two terrific tipsters – who gave winners priced at 78-1 and 100-1 respectively on this very website..
First, take a bow, Les from Irish broadcaster RTE, the man who told us Ebaziyan was a decent each-way proposition. He obliged at 40-1; with a dividend of 78-1 on the Tote pool betting system.
I tracked Les – let’s call him Sir Les – down in the smaller hours of today to say thanks. More of that later.
He likes the look of Cheeky Lady in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase (1640 GMT) on the second day.
Now then, while punters focus on Champion Chase favourite Well Chief (1515), we should all hail the tipping chief – 606 user Cole1818, who tipped Champion Hurdle winner Sublimity back in February at 100-1.
Let’s hope you are out there to advise today, Coley.
While yesterday was a day of mixed emotions for me (and thanks for your kind messages) today is a day of real nerves.
I’ve told virtually every person I have a nodding acquaintance with to have a small each-way flutter on Aranleigh in the Champion Bumper (1720), the last race of the day.
But having looked at the big field, I see most of the runners are unbeaten and I’m hearing only good things about Den of Iniquity.
Maybe Sir Les will set me right when I reach the course, where he is handing out flyers for an Irish music festival at Cheltenham Town Hall.
You see, Sir Les is a bit of a star in his homeland. He’s a radio music presenter who has put on shows for acts, he says, ranging from The Human League and Bee Gees to Morrissey.
I wouldn’t say he has kissed the blarney stone. I think he has eaten it.
As we go into day two, spare a thought for the heads of the boys from the A1 pub in Artane, Dublin, the property of Bill Hennessy, the delightfully under-stated owner of surprise Champion Hurdle winner Sublimity.
The gloriously dishevelled fellows, many of whom were on at 66-1, were last seen dancing the night away. Badly.