I THINK might be the luckiest person alive. Which means that this weekend’s selection is definitely going to win. Well, probably.

This week I received an omen of great fortune. One of those happy events which makes you realise the fates are casting warm rays of benevolence your way. No, it wasn’t a lottery win. I didn’t even find a £10 note down the back of the sofa, although that happened to me once and it was a great feeling. But not as good as this.

On this occasion, earlier in the week, I stopped for fuel at a petrol station on the A590 near Newby Bridge. I picked up a selection-pack of Frisps, the reconstituted potato snacks which were popular in the 1980s but which I rarely see in shops any longer. But that’s not the good bit.

Selection packs of crisps are a bit like annual membership packages at racecourses. The purchaser gets a significant discount for buying in bulk and acquires a variety of different flavours – like admission to racedays of different qualities with a variety of different themes. As an aficionado, I like all the flavours: Graded races and Class 5 handicaps; Salt & Vinegar and Ready Salted.

Unlike annual membership, which is valid for a full year, I find a six pack of Frisps lasts roughly until Junction 38 of the M6. But on this occasion, joy of joys, there was a seventh bag in the pack. And the bonus bag was Salt & Vinegar, which is like a double bonus – like winning the National Lottery twice in succession, because who doesn’t think that Salt & Vinegar is the best flavour of all?

So that’s how we came to think: wouldn’t it be a nice idea if, at Kelso Racecourse, we could surprise one annual member every month with a special bonus? And rather than a bag of Salt & Vinegar Frisps, we thought it’d be nice to offer something that our most frequent visitors tell us that they really enjoy – like lunch for two people in the Tweedie Grandstand, overlooking the racecourse, on Morebattle Hurdle Day.

Five runners-up will receive a £5 betting voucher – which is better than nothing, but is it better than a bag of Frisps? I guess much depends on what they place their bet on. This week’s selection is The Hollow Ginge, a winner at Haydock in December, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and an intended runner in the 3.00pm at Sandown today.

Let’s hope that the meeting doesn’t fall victim to frosty conditions. Because abandoning a raceday is always disappointing and leaves you feeling a bit like the customer, who must exist somewhere, that opened a selection pack of Frisps and found that in only consisted of five bags. If you’re out there and you’re reading this, I’m sorry. But thank you!