It's a good job that South Africa won the rugby last Saturday as I did my absolutes on the racing - and my credit card bill suggests I bought about eight (well, four is nearer the mark, in truth) bottles of overpriced champagne at Ascot in the aftermath of the egg-chasing celebrations - and that is not an experience that I am keen to replicate, thanks.
Bird has big each-way chance with hurdles spin under belt
So I better get my derriere in gear and tip some winners, and Birds Of Prey fits the bill at 25/1 each way, four places, with the Betfair Sportsbook in the November Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday.
Apparently, he is a guaranteed runner - well, health and fitness allowing, obviously - and Megan Nicholls is already jocked up for her old man.
And anyone with a pair of eyes this season can see she is a claimer to have on your side.
I actually tipped the horse ante-post in this race last year, and he ran a blinder to finish a 2-length fourth to Royal Line off this mark in soft ground, conditions that he will get again at the weekend.
So the testing ground isn't an issue (though he is perfectly at home on a better surface) and the word is that he needed the run badly over hurdles at Kempton just over a fortnight ago, his first outing since April.
Hopefully, that is the case as he definitely didn't set the world alight when last of seven in that novices' hurdle (and the stable were going through a lean couple of weeks at the time, too) but Paul Nicholls, whose string is really beginning to catch fire now, would surely have had this race in mind for his 5yo since coming in from a summer at grass (the horse, not Paul).
He clearly hasn't got too many secrets from the handicapper - certainly not when his chance is ranged alongside the unbeaten Deja - but no way do I think the selection is a 25/1 poke.
So we bet.
Cepage a bet for in-form yard
There is also plenty of terrestrial jumps action too, and Cepage is probably a very fair price at 7/1 with the Betfair Sportsbook in the 2m4f handicap chase at Aintree.
In fact, it is more than fair, so he is worth a punt, too.
This is Cepage's only weekend entry and he is a horse that goes exceptionally well when fresh, maybe because he is sparingly-raced, possibly fragile, and he has to be cherry ripe when hitting the track.
He is now on a career-high mark of 147 after his second to Frodon at Cheltenham last December but it is obviously deserved, and his record off a break makes him a bet.
That Cheltenham effort was his first run for eight months, and his reappearance in 2017 only saw him beaten by ½ length by Sir Valentino at Ascot. And he dotted up first-time-out in 2016.
The trip is fine, he is ground-versatile, and he is only a 7yo, so there is scope for further progression.
And the icing on the cake is the form of the Venetia Williams yard.
She is a very streaky trainer, and she is certainly in streaky form at the moment, with four of her last eight runners obliging. And she has won this race twice in recent years, too.
She does also have Didero Vallis in this race, but the 7s about Cepage compensates for any doubts.
Short and sharp on the ante-post front this week, but two fair bets, I think.