Wednesdays, dear reader, have long been office workers' second favourite day in the working week. When you get to about this time, you know you're on the downhill slope to the weekend.
Down in the Southern Hemisphere and, due to so many of our antipodean cousins having moved to the Northern Hemisphere, now here too Wednesday is known as 'humpback day'. There is even a dance associated with it, which is performed at midday on Wednesdays in some places.
So it is that we descend toward the weekend, and the R&R associated with that. For me, it will be hectic, as I am playing footy on Saturday, which is also my 37th birthday (I know, I should have retired by now!), and then - as I mentioned - I'm flying to the States for the Breeders Cup extravaganza!
Yesterday at Leicester, Night Orbit bounced back to form with a bang. Actually, given his honest and workmanlike style, it was more of a dull thud.
Nevertheless, he managed to finish second of 16, at massive odds of 50/1! Indeed, the bumper (and I mean BUMPER!) payout was only foiled in the last ten strides when Wiggy Smith broke through and won going away.
Incidentally, when I was watching the race, I heard a familiar voice beside me. I couldn't place it, so turned to see. Who was standing next to me? None other than the First Lady of Aintree herself, Ms Jenny Pitman!
I have to say that she was looking remarkably well, and was having a bit of a jolly up with some of her girlfriends. Good on her! (Her son Mark's club horse finished third behind the Orbit).
Elsewhere, the Newcastle draw bias was turned on its head, as the first four home in the big sprint were drawn 15, 14, 11 and 13. So much for low numbers. Avontuur, drawn 5, ran a creditable 'third' in the far side group, but the bird had flown on this coup...
Back to today, and the racing continues to be unexceptional if competitive.
In the first at Uttoxeter, Manshoor, touted here ahead of a debut run where he pulled up despite being sent off the 9/4 favourite (backed in from 4/1) has a tongue tie fitted today, but a watching brief is now advised.
In the 2.30 Tarablaze looks a tpyical point-to-point convert for the Hobbs stable, and is fancied to add to the TTS tally for the season (TTS scored again with 9/2 Terramarique yesterday from three runners - were you on?).
In the 4.10 Tagula Blue is the proverbial penalty kick on form, but is an unreliable betting proposition when it comes to actually sticking the money down. I'd rather take one each way against him, and the one for me is the consistent but limited Nayodebayo. There has been good support for both Mythical Air (a hurdling debutant) and Willie's Way, who likes it here.
Over at Wetherby, Pepporoni Pete looks a lay. He finds little when pressure is applied, and in a race where there may be no pace, he will probably dog it in.
If fit, Marleybow will win the 4.50. The only problem is that the 'if' in the previous statement is relatively sizeable...
Onto Fancy Fillies and Legacy systems, and there were runners for both yesterday.
FF had an official selection of Three Clouds, which was beaten at 13/8, and an unofficial blog selection of Allformary, which satisfied all the price rules when I wrote the blog, but did not before and at post time. No matter, for I said I would record both, and so I will. She will go down as a loser for the system.
Thus, for geegeez runners, FF is +23.86; and for the official subscription service, FF is +£150.70 (to 5% of a £900 starting bank).
The Legacy system also gave a loser yesterday, meaning it is now +£48 for £20 stakes at SP (£55 at Betfair prices).
Today's Fancy Fillies selection (to lay) is Key To Love in the 6.50 Kempton.
Legacy has no runners today.