No double whammy for Rich Ricci at Cheltenham Festival

RICH Ricci, the chief executive of corporate and investment banking at Barclays, may be regretting missing his horse Champagne Fever’s moment of glory at Cheltenham on Tuesday.

While Ruby Walsh ran to victory on Champagne Fever on the first day of the festival, Ricci’s other horse that ran yesterday – the cheekily named Fat Cat In The Hat – had a disappointing finish.

However one man who may be silently celebrating the poor performance is Antony Jenkins. The Barclays boss can’t have been too pleased about the recession-proof name. Although Champagne Fever hardly screams austerity either, does it?

■ There is nothing unusual about a City football tournament. But The Capitalist hears that there were some special ringers called in for one particular match over the weekend. Not Balotelli or Bale, but actors Sam Hoare and Harry Hadden-Paton, and a late call-up by one particularly sneaky law firm, which fielded society magician Drummond Money-Coutts. Thirty-two teams from firms such as Aberdeen Asset Management, Herbert Smith and Deloitte turned out for the charity tournament, which was won by lawyers from Stewarts. Organised by lawyer George Stancliffe and accountant Eddie Dallas, the game raised £8,000 for the charity Love 146, which helps to support children who have been victims of human trafficking.