15:00 Monday

I know the winning run came to an end for JOHNSON’S BLUE at Aintree last time but that was a fiercely competitive race and I certainly didn’t think he was disgraced back in fourth. He didn’t jump fluently and just found himself wanting in the closing stages being picked off by some stronger stayers. He has still won five of his last seven and down a 1lb he still might have more to come off his current mark.

These are much calmer waters and I make him the one to beat. Salvino finally opened his account at Kelso last time and back in a handicap looks the danger if building on that. Tiger Jet has won two of his last three and showed a willing attitude to prevail at Newcastle on Saturday. If he is turned out quickly he would have to be feared but this might come soon enough. Skiddaw Tara should do better for the run but is also noted.

Johnsons Blue - 1pt

16:45 Kempton

Good to have some AW racing on Monday and I really like the look of NAP HAND for Alan King. This son of Fast Company made a bright start winning on debut at Salisbury and then he was pitched into a very good race at Newmarket behind Streets Of Gold. That form has obviously worked out well and while he failed to sparkle at Haydock he was switched off out the back and never got involved but was back to form going down just a neck here last time.

The winner Monopolise had won at Newmarket prior to that and looks a useful sort so I think that was a good run. With further improvement to come I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t have lots to come off this mark. Uncle ran his best race to date missing just a head at Doncaster last time and if improving might be the danger. Loyal Touch is another one that deserves a mention.

Nap Hand - 1pt