A decent contest for the track and time of year. James Pollard has been placed on the Flat since winning a Ffos Las claimer but PURPLE 'N GOLD wasn't disgraced trying to give weight to a couple of potentially useful novices at Bangor after winning at Uttoxeter. He's also been in good form on the Flat and, ideally suited by fast ground, could get the better of more experienced rivals off a low weight. Callisto Moon is another fit from the level while Hawkshill was second at Stratford two weeks ago but Guards Chapel needs further and is still climbing the weights. Lyssio should be able to handle this step up in grade but collateral form gives him a bit to find with Orthodox Lad at the weights and Ruler Of All may need this.
Ruler Of All (IRE) 11-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, stayed on flat, not able to challenge, 5th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Tom Wade (10-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Hawkhill (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, no impression on winner and dropped to 3rd before last, mistake at hurdle, soon went 2nd again, 2nd of 9, 9l behind Laudatory (10-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gf.
Guards Chapel 6-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, blundered 2 out, ridden and every chance before last, one pace, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Chilworth Screamer (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Alfraamsey 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd or 5th, ridden after 2 out, weakened from next, 5th of 9, 17l behind Laudatory (10-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gf.
James Pollard (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Raced keenly, held up in touch, ridden 2 out, led approaching last, headed narrowly flat, rallied to regain lead towards finish, won at Ffos Las 2m clm hdl (5) gd in Aug beating Paddy Partridge (10-12) by nk, 8 ran.
Lyssio (GER) 5-2 (11-5) Tracked leader, challenged 3 out, led after next, headed soon after last, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Rosie Probert (10-10) at Worcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Dont Take Me Alive 5-2 (11-3) Held up in touch in last, went 3rd after 3 out, chased winner before next, unable to challenge, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 4, 2l behind Strongly Suggested (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Orthodox Lad 1-3fav (10-12) Tracked clear pair, went 2nd from 5th, led before 2 out, soon clear, won at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd beating Sir Dylan (10-6) by 38l, 7 ran.
Purple 'n Gold (IRE) 11-4 (11-4) Tracked leading pair, headway and effort 2 out, soon one paced, last of 3, 8l behind Franciscan (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Callisto Moon 6-1 (11-8) Led until 1st, tracked leader until 4th, pushed along from next, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, last of 4, 39l behind Strongly Suggested (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Rachael's Ruby 50-1 (11-9) Led, soon clear until 5th, headed before and mistake 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 12, 38l behind Border Station (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Jun.