Weblog: What do you mean the Wi-Fi doesn't work? The life of a Racing Post reporter
Muss keep the show on the road
Sod's law. The second I came up with a good line for the set-up piece, Newbury was certain to be abandoned.
Overnight snow meant that my 'uneasy lies the head that wears the crown/Gold Cup winner Long Run as Henry IV' angle will never see the light of day.
Um, on reflection that's possibly just as well.
At least it bit the dust nice and early, so there was plenty of time to turn attentions to Musselburgh, tomorrow's new highlight.
Not quite the 'Super Saturday' that Betfair had been promoting down south but a decent card and one that threw up as many Cheltenham winners last year as did Newbury. One, to be precise.
It's not often in the weekend spotlight so I was asked for '20 things you never knew about Musselburgh' - not just that it used to be called Edinburgh, and that if you are travelling by train you are better advised getting off at Wallyford than at Musselburgh.
They take up quite a lot of space so you'll need to see tomorrow's paper for the place's link with Edward II's retreat from Bannockburn and why what happened at Musselburgh in 1829 had profound implications for Tiger Woods.
It's dangerous for anyone as prone to error as a journalist to point out mistakes elsewhere but a couple of surprising slip-ups came to light during the course of research.
One was the online guide to Scotland which claimed that Perth was 'near Edinburgh' - it's certainly nearer to Edinburgh than it is to Leeds but I wouldn't fancy making the journey on foot.
The other was the suggestion on a different site that racecourse attendances declined with the rise of bookkeepers' shops.
I suspect they meant bookmakers' - unless they really believed that from the 1960s onwards people decided to visit accounting clerks rather than go racing.