Let's be frank. The racedays between Ascot last weekend and Boxing Day aren't memorable by any stretch of the imagination, nor indeed, do they need to be, given everyone's priorities to get the last of the shopping done. Unless, of course, you're a long-suffering owner, or growing your reputation as a trainer or rider.
So there's particular satisfaction in the living rooms of several of our leading lady professionals this evening after a good day at the office at Huntingdon, on a day when the recent rain left the going merely Soft, rather than a total bog.
Last month, we drew attention to Lucy Wadham's successful National Hunt yard on the outskirts of Newmarket. Six year old French-bred Eclair de Guye transferred from Guy Taupin at Deauville to Newmarket 2 years ago, but since wind surgery over the summer, seems to have transformed. Three runs this term to date have resulted in a win, second and Pulled up. The grey gelding was unlucky not to win in his first trip over fences this term at Fontwell in October, when the saddle slipped; today's win at Huntingdon is his third from 16 starts, and cements a partnership with Bryony Frost.
Another female rider making a name for herself is Megan Nicholls, daughter of Paul. Whilst she has largely eschewed the Jumps for a Flat career, her father appreciates her ability to read the speed of a race clearly. She's ridden two Bumper winners for him in the space of under a week, and today's workaday performance from appropriately-named Rainyday Woman only reinforces the wealth of young equine talent at Ditcheat.
Not to be left out, Caroline Bailey notched up her fifth winner of the season in the handicap chase when Lord Sparky justified favouritism to win with a little in hand from Claire Dyson's Midnight Owle.
All eyes will be on Kempton on Boxing Day as the Nicholls stable seeks an unparalleled twelfth King George VI Chase. He runs four in the race, led by previous two-time winner Clan des Obeaux and Cyrname, but don't rule out his other contenders either. Gold Cup second Santini is a late supplementary entry.
On a more parochial Pointing level, the Harkaway on December 28 presents a rare recent opportunity for members of the public to enjoy this new season of Point-to-Point racing. In what promises to be a marathon card, spectators will be permitted, provided they have booked in advance. Visit www.chaddesleyraces.co.uk/buy-tickets-here to purchase.