All set: hillbilly long johns, touchscreen thermal gloves, woolly hat, Betfair scarf (to be collected en-route), oversize hip flask and an overdose of first day optimism.
These are the selections carrying the bulk of my hopes today, the portfolio having been rattled by recent withdrawals:
1.30 - Supreme Novices Hurdle
Dodging Bullets (14-1 ante-post)
Disappointed by Melodic Rendezvous' withdrawal yesterday)
2.05 - Arkle Novices Chase
Arvika Ligeonniere (8-1, WIlliam Hill offer - money back if 2nd)
2.40 - JLT Specialty Handicap Chase
Loch Ba (12-1 e-w, 5 places Bet 365)
3.20 - Champion Hurdle
Zarkandar (13-2 ante-post)
4.00 - Cross Country Chase
Any Currency (to be struck on the Tote on course)
4.40 - Mares Hurdle
She Ranks Me (14-1 e-w & 6-1 place only with Betfair)
Available at a much bigger price now. No-one else seems to share my faith!
Mae's Choice (24-1 place only with Betfair)
A 40 to follow horse who has shown only minimal form this year. Minimum bet here at a big place-only price.
5.15 - Rewards4Racing Novice Handicap Chase
Hazy Tom (16-1 e-w)
And of course a series of horses involved in various impenetrable combinations of accas and Lucky 15s, struck in order to some insurance. Today's legs include: My Tent Or Yours, Un Atout, Overturn and Zarkandar.
Expect plenty of after-timing once the juices start flowing on the track. Blimey, it's more exciting than an episode of Ice Road Truckers!