The anticipation of getting something is often better than the getting. Not today.
The Savills Chase is absolutely mouth-watering. Anyone who thinks this isn't as fine a race as you could hope to see is the kind of person who points out that a free doughnut is grand but it does have a hole in it.
The first four from the Irish Gold Cup here in February re-oppose again.
Delta Work, Kemboy and Presenting Percy form the older brigade nowadays and between them they have won 28 races including nine Grade Ones and three Cheltenham victories.
Kemboy won this two years ago but Delta Work captured this race and the Irish Gold Cup here in 2019, defeating his two old adversaries both times, so he deserves to be the standard-bearer.
They face a host of last season's novices, and there are some other private battles. Samcro and Melon seemed to have rarely been apart.
They both fell at the same hurdle in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle of 2018. There was only a neck between them in the Ryanair Hurdle here later that same year.
The distance between them was only a nose at this year's Cheltenham Festival despite it being over a half-mile further and over fences rather than hurdles.
Now both attempt three miles over fences for the first time together.
Looking at the Cheltenham race, it would appear the extra distance might give Melon the edge. I know an extra stride would have helped last March anyway!
Allaho and Minella Indo have a similar history, beginning at Clonmel in 2019 when Allaho took first blood. Since then, however, Minella Indo has beaten Allaho twice at the Cheltenham Festival and once at Punchestown.
It would appear that three miles probably gives the strong-staying Minella Indo the upper hand over the strong-travelling Allaho.
Ignore Allaho's disappearance in the fog in the John Durkan. He made a jarring error at the fourth last and was allowed come home in his own time, which may be no harm, as we have often suspected a hard race in the John Durkan can leave horses flat for Christmas time.
I'd love to see it put back to coincide with the Morgiana, where it would make a truly fantastic pre-Christmas race-day.
Fakir D'oudairies is an intriguing runner, stepping up the best part of a mile on the majority of his form, while A Plus Tard tackles this trip for the first time also, having won the two-mile Grade One here in 2019.
Both will surely play their cards late, if they haven't already folded by the river card.
The race is a complete melting pot, with previous winners, Cheltenham winners, top-class novices stepping up from all distances as well as some proven over it.
This is Christmas racing at its very finest. All of our five have questions to answer with regards to the trip and recent form so it will be tricky.
Delta Work looks the best of the established horses, while Minella Indo, with his proven stamina and two runs under his belt, appears the strongest challenger.
There's a reason young and fun rhyme though and generally youth is a great weapon to have and I think it will swing the pendulum in favour of Minella Indo.
We run Ramilles in the bumper. He ran here last year and ran too keen before finishing fourth. Several of the lads in our yard looked like bystanders to a car bombing for days after, and it was Easter before some recovered fully.
His work is good at home and I'm hoping he can recoup last Christmas's losses.
Hamundarson finished ahead of him then but he doesn't seem to have improved since.
The biggest danger will probably come from Supreme Jet, another winning pointer by Jet Away.
Oliver McKieran's operation is always capable of throwing up winners on the big days so I'll be taking him very seriously.
Ciel De Neige (Limerick, 11.55)
The Big Getaway (Leopardstown, 3.0)
Ramilles (Leopardstown, 3.35)