Earlier today my attention was drawn to a snippet in The Times...
The box Willie Carson used to gain height when co-hosting BBC racing coverage with Clare Balding is be auctioned for charity.
The box, ambivalently inscribed 'This is the extra seven inches you asked for', has a price guide of £150-£200.
I don't intend to bid.
Tomorrow's Cartmel Cup Handicap Hurdle (5.20) looks the best race of the day at the Cumbrian track. A competitive-looking affair, the winner has come from the first three in the betting in the past five years - Oliver's Gold arrives in good form and has a racing weight to boot while the booking of McCoy for Tinseltown won't go unnoticed.
I'm tempted by Donald McCain's Sud Pacifique. This one isn't the most consistent but was done for toe at the business end of affairs at Stratford last time. He boasts course and distance winning form and shouldn't be inconvenienced by forecast rain - a short-head second to Starluck at Cheltenham in April reads well and the handicapper appears to have given him a chance here off a rating of 117.
Sud Pacifique, 10/1 in the tissue, is the each-way suggestion.
Postscript: Nice to see Mini Muck (by Kayf Tara out of Madam Muck) make her return to the track after an absence of 733 days for team Twiston-Davies in the opener at 2.30.