City banker and his horse giddy up for the races

MOST City folk heading to Cheltenham racecourse this week will be going for a knees up, but for Standard Chartered director Brian Bunyan it will be a case of giddy up instead.

The Capitalist hears that Bunyan will be riding in the St Patrick’s Derby charity race tomorrow, in aid of Cancer Research.

“My colleagues think I’m mad but they will be coming to Cheltenham to cheer us on” said Bunyan. “The horse is an outsider with the bookies but they will definitely have a little flutter.”

Hopefully they will be backing Bunyan’s noble City steed Age of Glory – generously donated by his brother Darren, who just happens to be a trainer.

To support the charity, not to mention Bunyan and Age of Glory, visit: www.justgiving.com/BrianBunyan

■ Former Barclays Capital futures broker Julia Hunter has quite literally turned rags to riches, as her range of waterproof outdoor cushions is launched at John Lewis stores this week. Hunter left the Square Mile in 2001 to start a family and the idea for the aptly named Oily Rag business came when “I wanted cushions that I could leave outside so whenever I had a moment for a sneaky coffee in the garden, I didn’t have to remember to put the cushions away afterwards” explained Hunter. She pitched the business idea to John Lewis buyers as part of enterprise campaign StartUp Britain’s PitchUp initiative. Apparently, the secret is in the welding.