The ground has come right for KNIGHT IN PURPLE, who will be all the better for his comeback run at Bangor. With regular pilot Peter Carberry taking off 5lb, John Mackie's charge is fancied to recapture the winning thread today. Katies Tuitor wasn't beaten far at Leicester last month but doesn't appear the force of old, while Palawi's recent efforts don't inspire confidence. Wetherby third Sir Tantallus Hawk looks to be running into form, however, and Well Regarded has been taking on decent novice company since scoring at Fontwell in October but the frustrating Dubai Crest looks worth opposing after a lay-off.
Katies Tuitor 9-4 (11-12) Held up in rear, tracked leaders 5th, ridden and every chance before last, no extra last 100 yards, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 5, 4l behind First Fandango (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Nine Stories (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) In rear and jumped badly right throughout, detached from 5, unseated rider last, in a race won by Diamond Frontier (11-3) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs, 4 ran.
Well Regarded (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Held up in last pair, headway on outside when mistake 2 out, soon chased leaders, 4th and held when hit last, ridden and kept on flat, no impression, 4th of 10, 9l behind Fingal Bay (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Nov.
Palawi (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) With leaders, led 2nd to next, lost place 4 out, soon behind, 19th of 23, 44l behind Brampour (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Nov.
Sports Line (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Set good gallop, mistake 6th, hit 8th, soon headed, mistake and weakened 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Takeroc (10-9) at Aintree 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct, 8 ran.
Sir Tantallus Hawk 18-1 (11-12) Towards rear, headway after 4 out, ridden before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Akula (11-8) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Knight In Purple 7-1 (11-4) Tracked leaers, mistake 1st, every chance 3 out, soon under pressure and weakened, 5th of 9, 23l behind Grey Gold (11-6) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Rebel Dancer (FR) 14-1 (10-4) Always in rear, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Rock On Ruby (11-10) at Newbury 2m Listed hcap hdle (1) gs in Nov.
Dubai Crest 5-4fav (11-2) Held up, headway after 5th, led and jumped left 2 out, jumped left last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Paddy The Hare (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gf in Jul.