Weblog: What do you mean the Wi-Fi doesn't work? The life of a Racing Post reporter
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Prize money? Who needs it? Good horses? Overrated. There's more than one way to draw a crowd and Chester know what they're doing.
Britain's three other afternoon meetings put nearly half a million pounds up for grabs between them and each staged either a Listed or a Group race on a programme interesting enough to draw the Channel 4 cameras.
Whereas Chester threw just £77,000 at an eight-race card which featured two maidens and six handicaps, and attracted just three horses with a BHA rating in three figures.
Yet the place was heaving - I bet it was far easier getting around at Goodwood, Haydock and York than here. The sun was the thing - a hot Saturday is always going to sell well at Chester, whatever the action on the track.
Now, nobody at a track whose last meeting was run in such wet conditions that the car park was waterlogged, is going to complain at an upturn in the weather.
But it was hard going. Though, for once, gentlemen were able to remove their jackets in the County Stand, plenty of their female companions looked to be suffering in the heat - some had removed their high heels even before the first race.
And you had to feel for those taking part in chariot racing and gladiator battles on 'Roman Day', weighed down with armour, helmets and weaponry.
Several staggered into the press room to disrobe and get temporary respite, looking for all the world as though they had just been given the run around by Hannibal and his elephants.
One was getting himself back into the outfit in order to return to the fray when he came out with the immortal line: "Something is wrong here! My dangler is not hanging properly!"
Overturn and Jason Maguire will be the star attractions when the Olympic torch comes to the racecourse on Tuesday and I was intrigued to see billboards around the city advertising the upcoming the 'Cholmondeley Pageant of Power'.
I know he has won the Grand National and Supreme Novices' and had a one-two in the Chester Cup but it sounded a bit grand to be showing off the stable strength in such an ostentatious fashion.
Turns out it is nothing to do with Donald McCain and is actually a display of racing cars and motorbikes in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle, just down the road from Ballabriggs' stable.