Ricky Walden again pulled rank over Mark Allen at the Champion of Champions in Coventry with a 4-0 group-phase win, after beating him 10-7 in the final of the International Championship in Chengdu the previous weekend.

And the world No8 from Chester had been the ‘daddy’ on the plane home from China, treating himself to a business class flight home while Allen and losing semi-finalists Mark Williams and Rob Milkins contented themselves with economy (or ‘World Traveller’ in British Airways speak).

With £125,000 in his pocket and a heavy night of celebrations to get over Walden shelled out the extra cash for an upgrade and a more comfortable 12-hour flight home. That meant a different check-in queue - and a left-turn after boarding the aircraft.