Whatever you think of Catherine The Great's treatment of the underclass or ruthlessness, it's hard to ignore the great treatment most of her boyfriends got. In addition to being in the good graces of the sovereign while you're doing the horizontal trepak, when you got booted to the curb for the next hunky Russian guy you don't exactly get the Henry VIIIth treatment. No, discarded lovers got the royal treatment. Whether it was money, land, a title or some mix, they left with a mix of favors. The best deal may have gone to Zavadovsky who, in addition to money, got 4,000 Ukrainian peasants. Quite the low-maintenance gal. We asked today if you had something equally trouble free and Turbolence88 had by far the least worrying ride.

We have a Grand National that's pretty reasonable, now that we think about it.