PURPLE BAY finished just ahead of Pure Science when fifth in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and had Caledonia and Sgt Reckless further behind. As that was only his second run, John Ferguson's Flat-bred four-year-old may well be capable of better and can get back to winning ways on this quicker surface as he arrives with a similar profile to that of last year's winner The New One. Killyglass didn't settle at Newbury in February and should do better in time but he finished behind Vago Collonges and his yard has been in the doldrums. More interesting is impressive Naas winner Quickpick Vic while Dakar Run is also worth a second look after defying a penalty at Huntingdon. The maidens Master Malt and Wilde Blue Yonder may be the pick of the remainder ahead of Ffos Las scorer Monkey Kingdom and hat-trick-seekers Alphabetical Order and Dance Of Time, though it's interesting that the Henderson stable are running Tistory without the benefit of a recent outing.
Alphabetical Order 4-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, headway 4f out, led over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) sft in Jan beating Brijomi Queen (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Caledonia 40-1 (11-5) In touch on outside, lost palce 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 23, 21l behind Briar Hill (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gs in Mar.
Dance Of Time 11-8fav (11-11) Prominent, led after 3f, went clear until over 8f out, headed 4f out, led again over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, nudged clear inside final furlong, won at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) sft in Feb beating Mystifiable (11-4) by 6l, 8 ran.
Fair Loch 10-3 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, forged clear inside final furlong, unextended, impressive, won at Catterick 2m Conditional Nat Hunt Flat Maiden (4-6yo) (6) gs in Feb beating Call Him Something (11-2) by 5l, 12 ran.
Killyglass (IRE) 15-2 (11-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd 3f out, ridden and no impression on winner over 1f out, lost 2 places in closing stages, 5th of 10, 12l behind Oscar Rock (11-3) at Newbury 2m Listed NH flat (1) sft in Feb.
Master Malt 5-6fav (11-4) Held up in mid-division, headway to chase leaders 5f out, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, not pace of winner, 2nd of 13, 13l behind Tradewinds (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (5) gs in Feb.
Mister Pagan 5-1 (11-4) In rear, outpaced before 3f out, went 3rd over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 5, 12l behind Ballyben (10-4) at Haydock 2m NH flat (4) sft in Nov.
Monkey Kingdom 11-10fav (11-3) Made all, pressed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, joined inside final furlong, just held on, won at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Mar beating Champagne West (11-3) by hd, 5 ran.
Orchard Boy (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Chased (clear) winner and clear of rest, 100 yards behind halfway, trying to close when lost 2nd 2f out, one pace, 3rd of 11, 9l behind Such A Legend (10-11) at Kempton 2m NH flat (5) gd in Feb.
Pure Science (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear on outside, headway over 3f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, no impression, 6th of 23, 11l behind Briar Hill (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gs in Mar.
Quickpick Vic (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) Made all, clear halfway, travelling well and clear 3f out, pushed along briefly and stayed on strongly final furlong, easily, impressive, won at Naas 2m NH flat sft in Mar beating Couleur France (12-0) by 13l, 11 ran.
Sgt Reckless 8-1 (11-5) In touch on inside, headway over 3f out, soon ridden and outpaced, weakened 1f out, 13th of 23, 34l behind Briar Hill (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gs in Mar.
Spitz (FR) 5-4fav (11-10) Held up mid-division, effort over 3f out, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 32l behind Plan Again (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Tistory (FR) 8-11fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, kept on, won at Ludlow 2m nhf (5) gd in Mar '12 beating Court Minstrel (11-9) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Un Ace (FR) 25-1 (11-2) Towards rear, headway over 5f out, every chance over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on and no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 16, 9l behind Purple Bay (10-7) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gd in Feb.
Avidity 15-8fav (10-3) Took keen hold in touch, went 3rd 3f out, chased leader 2f out, led and green over 1f out, still green and idled but kept on inside final furlong, won at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar beating Solo Jugadores (10-13) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Dakar Run Evensfav (11-1) Held up mid-division, led over 2f out, ridden entering final furlong, kept on well, won at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar beating Long Lunch (10-5) by 1l, 8 ran.
Purple Bay (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) In touch, lost place over 3f out, headway under pressure on inside over 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 5th of 23, 10l behind Briar Hill (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gs in Mar.
Vago Collonges (FR) 3-1 (10-7) Pulled hard in early stages, held up towards rear, steady headway over 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and no impression on easy winner over 1f out, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Oscar Rock (11-3) at Newbury 2m Listed NH flat (1) sft in Feb.
Wilde Blue Yonder (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) In touch, led over 1f out, pressed 1f out, soon headed narrowly, kept on gamely and every chance inside final furlong, held close home, 2nd of 16, hd behind Purple Bay (10-7) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gd in Feb.