They can't have imagined that they'd be casting round
for a rider for their 17-1 shot in the week leading up to the Arc, but with Swinburn safely installed and the necessary fast ground underfoot, confidence began to rise.
For all I know this is the worst crisis they have faced at the Royal Bank for a century, though that seems farfetched now that they have landed their pounds 12 billion of rights money, while Barclays is still casting round
for somebody to sign the right sized cheque.
In July 1851 she was still casting round
for more information about life on the Southern cotton plantations, from the black abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
The Grinning Idiot night has been a year in the making, with John and Dan casting round
for their ideal venue before coming up trumps the Star and Shadow cinema in Ouseburn, Newcastle, which is the perfect size for the club to maintain that up-close intimate feel while still being able to afford the big acts.
With the CBI complaining about lack of skills in school leavers, Government is casting round
for expert teachers to train the many youngsters on "new apprenticeship" schemes, while the old technical colleges dumbed down, still offer their low-grade alternatives.
There is the small matter of them getting past Italy, the Czech Republic and the USA in the group stages, so come the second round I might be casting round
for someone else to support.
"With the collapse of the Wembley project and the government casting round
for figures to blame, the FA is certainly in the firing line as far as Number 10 is concerned and that might explain why the letter suddenly appeared.