CAPITAL Radio presenters Lisa Snowdon and Johnny Vaughan showed they may have missed their real calling when they dropped in to Phoenix Partners Group yesterday to execute a few trades in a “whirlwind” 30-minute visit.

The pair’s stint on the trading floor, directly after their breakfast show, was part of the broker’s annual charity day held in memory of Jerome Thibaud, a former colleague who died tragically in an avalanche last year two days after his twenty-ninth birthday.

All profits made by Phoenix yesterday were donated to the memorial fund, with the pair’s professional phone manner as they brokered deals with City clients helping to raise a six-figure sum.? This year, it will go to Capital’s charity Help a London Child.

“I would hire them in a heartbeat,” said an impressed Alex Hucklesby, managing director of Phoenix. “Perhaps they could put in a shift for us after their show every morning.

THERE will be an edge in the air after lunch at Cheltenham today, when two of the City’s most powerful racehorse owners go head to head for the £260,000 prize fund in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at 3.20pm.

Andy Stewart (pictured), who retired from stockbroker Cenkos Securities last summer, will be backing Big Buck’s [sic], while Tim Leslie, founder of hedge fund James Cairn Asset Management, will hope that Any Given Day can triumph after his other horse, Peddlers Cross, came a close second in Tuesday’s Champion’s Hurdle.

Unfortunately for Leslie, Big Buck’s is the clear favourite in the day’s big race, with City bookmaker Fitzdares offering a spread bet of Big Buck’s/Grand Crus at 1.5-3.

ERIC Daniels, the outgoing chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group, may have been lashed in the press for receiving a £2m bonus, but his one time employees are quietly giving up their time for no reward.

One group from the bank’s Corporate Markets team spent the day on Tuesday painting a homeless hostel in Shepherd’s Bush, while another team is planning to assist at a school for children with learning difficulties.

“There are lot of people [in the City] who have been bruised by the headlines over the past three years,” one Lloyds source told The Capitalist, as he rushed back to his desk to keep the wheels of the UK’s economy turning. “We should not all be tarred with the same brush.”