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Counting your blessings in the Black Country
THINGS could be a lot worse - that's what you tell yourself on the long, cold drive down to Wolverhampton.
You could be one of the dozen 'actors' doing promotions work outside a grocery store just a few miles from the track on the A449. Dressed up as farmyard animals and wearing sandwich boards.
The guys done up as sheep were okay but neither the pig nor the chicken outfit looked to give much protection against the freezing temperatures - and I suspect the chances of impressing a passing Hollywood producer with your performance were rather slim.
Or you could have had to set off from Carluke in South Lanarkshire. It a 272-mile trip for Keith Dalgleish, which makes Yeadon look almost local at only 125 miles.
The long trek from Scotland clearly does not cause travel sickness as Munsarim today was the trainer's 16th winner here in under a year.
Not many of those who live a good deal closer had made the journey - unsurprising as it was low-key stuff and was being run a couple of hours earlier than originally planned because of the loss of meetings elsewhere.
And several of those who did make the trip found themselves subjected to a vox pop on the very theme of abandonments.
Specifically, do you prefer:
A) an early abandonment, so you know where you stand(and if it turns out to be raceable by the time of the first that is just too bad) or;
B) giving a meeting every chance with as many inspections as it takes (even if that means nobody knows if a meeting is on half an hour before the first)?
Have your say below and/or cast your vote on our homepage poll.
You'll need to see Monday's paper for the final outcome but in my sample of interviewees there was a landslide for one of the two options.
Odd start to the day as the freezing weather appeared to have brought about a miraculous recovery in my car's passenger window, which refuses to budge and for which the garage had ordered a new motor after a service yesterday.
When I inadvertently tried it this morning, it worked perfectly. Clearly -7C is what it needs to function - though that sort of weather is not conducive to cruising round with the windows open.