Memory Cloth is 7lb better off than when beaten four-and-a-half lengths by PURPLE BAY on his hurdling debut at Stratford. But Brian Ellison's Flat winner will need to settle better if he's to truly stay the trip over obstacles and there's a chance that the better ground will suit John Ferguson's promising four-year-old more here so he can confirm the form. Downtown Boy should improve on his third at Sedgefield and Spitz shaped nicely at Kelso and looks the pick of the remainder.
Purple Bay (IRE) 15-8fav (11-0) Held up in touch, headway 2 out, led between last 2, driven and pressed last, edged left and kept on flat, won at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Oct beating Dakar Run (11-0) by 1l, 10 ran.
Biggar (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) In touch, under pressure 4 out, soon one pace, 5th of 13, 21l behind Sergeant Mattie (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Downtown Boy (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, headway 3 out, effort next, kept on same pace, no impression in 3rd approaching last, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Saint Thomas (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Ferney Boy 20-1 (8-9) Raced wide mid-division, headway to track leaders over 8f out, went 2nd 5f out, ridden when came stand side over 2f out, sooon weakened, 8th of 12, 17l behind Wee Giant (9-5) at Catterick 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct (flat).
May's Boy 20-1 (8-8) Mid-division, pushed along 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened soon after, 11th of 16, 14l behind Artful Prince (9-10) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep (flat).
Memory Cloth 8-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway 2 out, ridden to challenge and every chance on outside between last 2, kept on same pace, no extra in 3rd from last, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Purple Bay (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Spitz (FR) 11-2 (11-0) Held up in touch, ridden in 3rd before last, one pace, 3rd of 10, 14l behind Plan Again (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Tchatchaco Ya Ya 100-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, weakened from 4 out, tailed off before 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Vinny Gambini (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct, 10 ran.
Trois Vallees (USA) 33-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway 5th, no impression approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 8th of 10, 40l behind Lac Fontana (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m mdn hdl (3) gd in Oct.