Weblog: What do you mean the Wi-Fi doesn't work? The life of a Racing Post reporter
Looks like another grey day
You can see why people go abroad in search of the sun. All was set for a great day. Competitive card. Numerous events laid on for 'ladies day'. Huge advance sales.
And it rained. Non stop. Putting a big grey dampener on everything.
But not everybody. One woman made the most of the conditions and combined a colourful summer dress and flower-bestrewn hat with green wellies - though it is fair to day that I do not think she went very close to landing the 'best dressed lady' competition.
Most intriguing prize category was 'best celebrity lookalike'. I wondered who people might come as. Jacques Cousteau might have been the best option, given the weather.
In fact it cut up worse than a firm-ground novice chase and 'Jessie J' was left with just 'Catherine Zeta-Jones' to beat, which she duly did.
The winnerclaimed to have been mistaken for the 'Voice UK' star more than once, then admitted that stories about the singer's sexuality left her with rather mixed feelings towards her - which seemed rather ungrateful.
Lucinda Russell had clearly set out to look like Paul Nicholls as she won the first two races, making it four winners over the two days at Perth.
Things managed to take a turn for the worse in the press room this afternoon when the lights stopped working for an hour - struggling to make out the numbers in the dark as I attempted to redial into VPN as the wifi dropped off every five minutes was no fun, I can tell you.
At least the rain drove the midges away.
But our technical difficulties could have been worse. A telephone engineer popped in to try to fix a dead Tote phone line and concluded it had been cut by an electrician doing some work overnight.
Older readers might be amused to know thatearlier today, in the course of researching an upcoming column, I looked former trainer Francis Lee up in a search engine.
He was renowned for his knack of winning penalties in his footballing days and the third option that typing hisname into Google prompted, after 'Norman Hunter' and 'footballer', was 'dive'.