VALLANI beat Dundock over 3m1f at Perth in August and his hat-trick bid was against much better opposition than this. Dropped a couple of pounds since, the top weight can recapture the winning thread here. Scriptwriter wasn't disgraced at Sedgefield last time but this heavy ground is a real worry for supporters of the once-useful 10-year-old. Dickie Henderhoop and Some Lad could make the frame again but Solis finished behind the selection last month and has been well beaten in a Hexham seller since.
Vallani (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Mid-division, ridden after 7th, stayed on from 2 out, never nearer, 5th of 13, 14l behind Bondage (11-3) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Sep.
Solis (GER) 5-1 (11-5) In touch, chased leader 3 out, struggling next, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 29l behind Ockey De Neulliac (10-9) at Hexham 2m 4f sell hdl (5) hvy.
Scriptwriter (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) In touch, weakened before 8th, tailed off, 4th of 14, 13l behind Young Mags (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Dundock 9-4 (11-9) Held up in last pair on outside, headway and in touch 6th, went 2nd 2 out (usual 3 out), led narrowly on long run between last 2, headed before last, no impression with winner flat, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Vallani (10-13) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Aug.
Livvy Inn (USA) 16-1 (11-2) Not fluent 1st, always in rear, tailed off 13th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Or de Grugy (11-6) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs, 10 ran.
Stop On 33-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, weakened from 6th, tailed off, 4th of 9, 41l behind Winstone (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Dickie Henderhoop (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) In rear, headway before last, went 3rd run-in, stayed on strongly, just held for 2nd, 3rd of 12, 5l behind What A Steel (11-1) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Noble Scholar (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Soon towards rear, driven and headway into mid-division on outside 6th, soon ridden, weakened 3 out, 10th of 13, 47l behind Mwaleshi (11-9) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Eliades Run (IRE) 6-1 (10-6) Behind from 4th, tailed off 11th, pulled up after, in a race won by Bishophill Jack (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Dec, 8 ran.
Some Lad (IRE) 11-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders on inside, reminder after 4th, soon lost place, outpaced 4 out, headway under pressure after next, chased easy winner 2 out to before last, no impression, 3rd of 13, 21l behind Mwaleshi (11-9) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Caught In The Act (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, weakened before 3 out, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Velvet Vic (10-1) at Newcastle 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar, 16 ran.
Riverside Poppet 7-1 (9-7) Prominent, led and jumped right 3rd, headed 5th, weakened 9th, soon pulled up, in a race won by On Alert (10-1) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep, 12 ran.
Balwyllo (IRE) 50-1 (9-9) Behind, reminders after 5th, struggling next, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Mwaleshi (11-9) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs, 13 ran.
King Kalium (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, pushed along before 5th, never a factor, 10th of 14, 39l behind Alba King (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.