This weekend sees the start of the three-day November meeting at Prestbury Park with nation hunt fans eager to get a look at some of the best horses in training.
"The whole thing is a great shame," said Nigel Twiston-Davies when, inevitably, the subject of the new whip rules came up during his media morning on the gallops on Wednesday.
You can tell a lot about a club by its managerial appointments.
Just in case Nicky Henderson was not feeling sufficiently concerned about Binocular's return to action in Saturday's Fighting Fifth, the horse's owner, JP McManus, sent a little reminder yesterday about the standards to which he has been accustomed.
Irish trainers failed to get a single winner at Cheltenham's Open meeting last weekend, the first time the raiders have been blanked since 1995.