PIGS might fly if Gloucester lose to Worcester tomorrow but the city’s own porky rugby expert is backing the Warriors to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear of a season.
When it comes to armchair rugby experts, Gloucester’s got plenty - but Star the psychic pig has been in a class of her own this season.
Unlike the Cherry and Whites she has had more peaks than troughs with her predictions for the Kingsholm side’s fortunes - eight results called correctly and four wrong.
Sow she does it is a closely-guarded secret but she is bringing home the bacon for St James City Farm in Tredworth where she has become a media star and a firm favourite with visitors.
The Gloucester Old Spot’s weekly match prediction spot in the Gloucester Citizen has projected her on to BT Sport and Sky Sports’ coverage of Gloucester Rugby.
“It’s been great,” said farm manager Karen Bicknell. “After the Gloucester Citizen featured her, she’s been on BT Sport, Sky Sports and on the radio.
“It’s gone crazy and it has really helped more people know that we are here in the heart of Gloucester.”
There is no danger of her being turned in to sausages or chops soon - not only is she a firm favourite with children who enjoy scratching her tummy almost as much as she enjoys it but she is due to become a mummy again.
She has managed to time the arrival of her newborns for the off-season.
And when she returns with more predictions for the Cherry and Whites’ new season she may well have a full XV trotting along behind her.
“She is with a Gloucester Old Spot boar at the moment and he is here for another four weeks so we will have to see what happens,” said Karen. “Last time she had a litter of nine but they can have anything up to 15 piglets.
“She could have them in around three months time.”
There has been a small amount of criticism that the farm is just hamming it up, but her psychic powers should be taken with a pinch of salt and maybe some apple sauce too.
Some think it’s a load of old hogwash but it’s been anything but boaring, as her prediction for Gloucester’s clash with relegated Worcester at Sixways tomorrow shows.