I'm So Busy placed at Fakenham last month though the first two home have been beaten subsequently. But WORD HAS IT found only Pay The Piper too good at Sedgefield last time and the latter has won again since. Donald McCain’s charge may prove the one to side with given Miss Tara Moss drops back down in trip having finished second at Bangor and Without Conviction makes her hurdling bow after disappointing in a bumper here in December. Alqamar was a decent handicapper on the Flat for Godolphin though hasn’t raced since 2018 having switched yards.
Alqamar 7-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 6, 4 3/4l behind Watersmeet (9-11) at Kempton 2m hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Bavington Bob (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Held up behind, chased leaders before 6th, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, stayed on to dispute 3rd flat, no chance with front pair, 4th of 7, 12 1/2l behind Multellie (11-9) at Carlisle 2m 3f (4) sft in Feb.
First Illusion (IRE) 200-1 (11-6) Always behind, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, at Doncaster 2m 5f mdn (5) gs in Jan.
I'm So Busy 15-8fav (11-5) Chased leaders, 3rd and one pace from 2 out, 3rd of 14, 5 1/2l behind Sopat (10-12) at Fakenham 2m mdn (4) sft in Jan.
Native Choice (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, jumped right and not fluent 2nd, not fluent next, 3rd and no impression when pecked badly last, weakened into 5th last, 5th of 11, 28 1/4l behind Dreams Of Home (11-5) at Wetherby 2m mdn (4) hvy in Jan.
Royal Rank 100-1 (11-4) Behind, tailed off when went right 5th, pulled up after 3 out, at Catterick 2m 3f mdn (4) hvy in Feb.
Stowaway John (IRE) 50-1 (12-2) Waited with, soon moderate 6th, closed approaching halfway, soon 5th, 6th again before straight, one pace, 5th of 8, 31 1/2l behind El Barra (12-2) at Thurles 2m sft in Nov.
Word Has It (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Led, headed on extended run-in, soon ridden and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3 3/4l behind Pay The Piper (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn (4) sft in Dec.
Feetronie De Kervi (FR) 150-1 (10-12) Towards rear, awkward 3 out, never a factor, 7th of 9, dist behind Stainsby Girl (11-4) at Hexham 2m (4) hvy in Nov.
Miss Tara Moss 16-1 (10-13) In touch, close on leaders 4 out, ridden to chase winner 2 out, hit last, no impression, 2nd of 9, 5 1/2l behind Pennyforapound (11-6) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 4f mdn (4) hvy in Jan.
Our Elsie 150-1 (10-12) Mid-division, not fluent 5th, nudged along after 8th, struggling 3 out, 7th of 11, 36 3/4l behind Bourbon Beauty (10-12) at Kelso 2m 5f (4) sft in Dec.
Without Conviction (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Midfield, niggled along and headway over 3f out, outpaced by front pair over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 3rd of 11, 24l behind Hollymount (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f (5) sft in Dec.