We're off in ten minutes to see a show in the west end. That's the west end of Burgess Hill. But today's Grand National day, and it's a well known fact that I've been successfully tipping the winners of the big race here since 2004. Who can forget 2006, when I accurately tipped Silver Birch to win the National at 25-1. Exactly twelve months before he did so.
So in an effort to continue my astonishing run of uncanny predictions, I shut myself in the bedroom this morning and studied the Grand National form while Amelie hammered on the door with a broken bubble machine, and I'm pleased to announce that these are the horses you should be on this year...
1st. Arbor Supreme at 22-1.
2nd. Quinz at 16-1
3rd. West End Rocker at 40-1
4th. Skippers Brig at 33-1
5th. Chief Dan George at 50-1
Calgary Bay will lead for the first three miles, then fade out of sight, and I've put two quid on In Compliance at 120-1. But other than that, you can cross the rest out. Unless it rains. In which case, put the mortgage on Silver By Nature.
Right, I'm off to sing songs with a hall full of toddlers...