Purcell's Bridge won very easily at Wetherby last week and escapes a penalty for that success. He probably has more to offer but this is a better race and MONETARY FUND has the better overall form. He was doing his best work at the finish over 2m6f at Newton Abbot in September and normally takes on stronger opposition. Jeu De Roseau made a promising reappearance at Wetherby last month when Saga De Tercey was behind and Merrydown pulled up. He has place prospects again while it would be no surprise to see Everaard step up on recent efforts back over his favourite track and trip. Ryton Runner appears to be facing a stiff task at the weights, however, and Solway Bay could find a few of these too quick.
Saga de Tercey (FR) 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, lost place after 4 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Trucking Along (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Jeu De Roseau (IRE) 22-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 4 out, effort next, kept on same pace in 3rd before 2 out, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 14, 11l behind Trucking Along (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Merrydown (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Mid-division, reminders 6th, lost place when pulled up before next, in a race won by Trucking Along (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct, 14 ran.
Monetary Fund (USA) 14-1 (10-8) In touch, headway after 3 out, chased leaders 2 out, went 2nd post, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Premier Dane (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) sft in Sep.
Ryton Runner (IRE) 2-1fav (10-8) Tracked leaders, pushed along before 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 3rd of 7, 22l behind Streams Of Whiskey (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct.
Solway Bay 33-1 (10-5) Mid-division, in touch 6th, joined leaders 11th, mistake 4 out, led narrowly after next, ridden 2 out, kept on under pressure, headed post, 2nd of 10, ns behind Lively Baron (11-5) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
Flying Doctor 16-1 (10-13) Mid-division on outside, struggling 13th, soon behind, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Lively Baron (11-5) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Oct, 10 ran.
Everaard (USA) 22-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, outpaced 9th, driven and kept on under pressure from 3 out, never on terms, 8th of 12, 16l behind Scotswell (11-6) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Purcell's Bridge (FR) 10-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4th, led approaching 7th, clear from 3 out, hit last, very easily, won at Wetherby 2m 6f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs beating High Kite (11-7) by 7l, 14 ran.