Which horse to back in UK vote?
My sojourn to Britain was tremendous craic. Spectacular sunshine at Aintree ensured a best-ever festival, with seven Irish winners. This was preceded by my three days of intensive training at Fairyhouse, so that I was in peak condition for drinking and gambling.
The problem was deciphering the horses that had gone "over the top" since Cheltenham, compared to nags that stepped up from festival form. Apparently trainers only find this out after the race. The same dilemmas await at the Punchestown finale in two weeks.
Combining pleasure and work, I observed first-hand how UK electioneering is shaping up ahead of polling day on May 7. The most striking visible difference on the streets between here and there is a complete absence of posters or billboards. Travelling through Liverpool and north Wales I didn't see one lamp post adorned with a politico's mug shot. Obviously the Brits regard such political paraphernalia as litter - a wise innovation and one we should consider.