THAT’S it. I’ve had enough. I’m leaving the party and becoming independent just like Anna Such-and-such, Thingy Smith and Chuka Um-wotsit.

We staged a two-horse race and there were quite a few people who didn’t like the result. It was something to do with the fact that the horse that everyone assumed would win at the start, wasn’t the same as the horse that won at the end. Maybe, if we ran the race again, we’d get a different result.

There’s a risk, of course, the people who backed Captain Redbeard, the horse that won the two-runner Malcolm Jefferson Memorial Handicap Steeplechase, might not be happy – on account of the fact that they’ve already collected their winnings at the bumper price of 9/2. There were a lot of people like that on the racecourse because Definitely Red was odds-on and relatively few fancied risking £5 to win 83p.

And that’s Brexit all over. Staying in the EU is a bit dull and relatively low risk, but if Britain goes down within the EU, there could be some comfort in knowing that we go down with the French, the Germans and the Italians. Or would we just be fed a special diet of expensive debt like the Greeks? I’m not sure.

Leaving the EU is much more exciting and significantly higher risk. There’s a fair possibility we’ll lose our stake money, but that doesn’t mean that the same old sun won’t rise in the morning and the same bright stars won’t welcome us home. Britain will remain our home and the potential rewards will at least be worth getting out of bed for each day.

There’s also a complication about running the two-horse race again. In that it could all end up happening a bit close to the Gold Cup on March 15 and the Grand National on April 6, the respective targets of Definitely Red and Captain Redbeard. Where’s the sense in re-running the referendum when we could get on with the job of seeking the bigger prize?

Unlike Brexit, which receives incessant media attention, this race was a fascinating contest and has been almost completely overlooked. There were only two runners, but the epic duel between Desert Orchid and Panto Prince came to mind as the pair went at it up the straight. Definitely Red was giving his conqueror 10lbs in the sprint to the line and put up a great fight. It’d be no surprise to see him run well in the Gold Cup.

Sam Coltherd rode an enterprising race aboard Captain Redbeard and proved that having a clever strategy can pay off; the pair are worth following at Aintree. On reflection, Kelso’s two-horse race may just turn out to be the best trial over fences this season, so let’s not try staging it again.

This weekend’s selection is Double Shuffle at Kempton.