mid-division, chased leaders 2 out, outpaced in 4th between last 2, ridden and stayed on to challenge on inside when not fluent last, held flat
held up in rear, not flent 2nd, struggling before 2 out, tailed off
tracked leader, led 4th, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off
held up behind, short lived effort on outside before 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off
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
held up towards rear, struggling 4th, tailed off 2 out
held up in touch, headway 2 out, led between last 2, driven and pressed last, edged left and kept on flat
led, headed 4th, weakened 2 out, tailed off
tracked leaders, led before 2 out, driven and headed between last 2, one pace when switched outside before last, no extra
tracked leaders, driven and outpaced after 2 out, weakened before last
We'll take the view that PURPLE BAY needed his comeback run at Huntingdon when odds-on. He finished well ahead of Doctor Harper in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in March and should confirm that form as the pair makes their first appearance over hurdles. Dakar Run was just behind the selection at Aintree in April but could only manage third on his hurdles bow at Uttoxeter and will need more here. Duke's Affair and Mrs Jordan had decent form in bumpers while Flat winner Memory Cloth will love the ground but whether he'll stay this far is anybody's guess. Sash Of Honour looks best of the rest.
Dakar Run 11-8fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, driven after 3 out, soon outpaced, stayed on to take moderate 3rd last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 14, 13l behind Timesremembered (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Duke's Affair 20-1 (10-12) Pulled very hard in rear, headway halfway, hard driven over 3f out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 8l behind The Skyfarmer (11-1) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (5) gd in Apr.
Keen Eye (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Towards rear, pushed along after 4th, never dangerous, 12th of 13, well behind Little Pop (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs.
Kill Van Kull (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, headway over 6f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, well behind Oscar Hoof (11-5) at Ludlow 1m 6f NH flat (5) sft in Jan.
Memory Cloth 16-1 (8-13) Raced wide held up, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 9th of 14, 14l behind Border Legend (9-9) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd (flat).
My Best Man 150-1 (10-12) Always in rear, hit 5th, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Azure Fly (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Purple Bay (IRE) 10-11fav (11-7) Held up, headway 6f out, led 2f out, went slightly left over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Wadswick Court (10-11) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft.
Seamus Rua (IRE) 7-2fav (10-13) Led, headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 21l behind Wyfield Rose (10-9) at Towcester 1m 5f mdn NH flat (6) gf.
Madame De Guise (FR) (10-5) 3rd of 19, 4 1/2l behind Vatu Vara (10-3) at Enghien(FR) 2m 2f 4yo hdl in Apr.
Mrs Jordan (IRE) 7-4fav (10-7) Mid-division, closed 9f out, led 2f out, clear over 1f out, easily, won at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gs in Sep beating Perfect Romance (10-2) by 11l, 13 ran.
Doctor Harper (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, lost place 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 23, 34l behind Briar Hill (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gs in Mar.
Fergal Mael Duin 40-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, led approaching 2 out, ridden and headed when not fluent last, no extra flat, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Count Guido Deiro (11-1) at Towcester 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Sash Of Honour (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden before 2 out, in 3rd and blundered last, soon weakened, 4th of 11, 26l behind Hannibal The Great (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.