Kempton provides above-average quality for a Monday programme, so it's there we head for the Placepot.
"Bank on Polly Peachum, one of the best racemares in Britain who comes here just over two weeks on from a career-best effort."
12:35 - We really have to duck the short-priced favourite in leg one, with West Wizard's undoubted promise dimmed by the fact he's been off since finishing second to Sgt Reckless in this race last year. Arzal doesn't have the same long-term potential but is fit and open to improvement, having shaped as though the best horse in the race at Chepstow earlier this month.
13:05 - All five of the runners here are starting out over fences and only the two outsiders (Ted Spread and Fair Loch) have a recent run to their name, so there's no safe and inexpensive option to get through. Our best bet is probably to bank on River Maigue, who's surely the best horse in the race and has the bonus of point form from a previous life. The only doubt with him is readiness after flopping in the Lanzarote here when last seen in January.
13:35 - Had eight still been in this race, Letemgo might well have been banker material with his generally reliable profile and likely suitability for this trip. As it is, we'll have to pair him up with Mister Snowball, who has everything in his favour besides unproven stamina.
14:10 - With only two places to aim at in this listed mares' race there's little room for finesse. Bank on Polly Peachum, one of the best racemares in Britain who comes here just over two weeks on from a career-best effort.
14:45 - Though eight are still in this at the time of writing, it's so closely-contested a handicap that finding a banker is just too difficult. That's not to say we're struggling to find suitable candidates: our selected two, King Edmund and Benefit Cut, are both sound-jumping sorts with the speed to cope with Kempton's sharp nature. Both are reasonably consistent, too.
15:15 - Given he was an impressive C&D winner last time we'd need a very good reason not to include Brother Tedd in leg six. The fact he's bound to be favourite isn't strong enough as we're always that bit keener to take the easy route in the last leg.
12:35 - 2
13:05 - 3
13:35 - 2, 5
14:10 - 3
14:45 - 1, 2
15:15 - 1
= 4 lines