Formerly with Philip Hobbs, Busy Isit made a winning start for new connections when successful at Leicester in December but a 4lb rise for that success makes life tougher and preference is for CHERY D'OR, who gets the vote ahead of Randwick Roar. The last mentioned represents the stable of Gary Moore that has been in good form of late and he has to be respected having been dropped a further 2lbs since his last run. Richard Lee's Borora is capable but inconsistent and may still be shade high in the weights, while Black Hills faces no easy task giving weight away all round. Bob Buckler's Keepthedreamalive ran better at Ascot last time and has to be considered but a bigger threat is likely to come from Jim Old's Thedreamstillalive, who has been running well of late as have a lot of the yard's runners and looks the main danger to Chery D'Or. Few stables have their runners in better form than Venetia Williams and he has every chance back on a more suitable surface having struggled on fast ground at Wincanton when last seen in May.
Black Hills 10-1 (11-10) Chased leaders until 7th, soon behind, tailed off, 9th of 10, more than 48l behind Laskari (10-11) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Borora 50-1 (9-7) Held up, behind from 11th and pulled up 4 out in race won by Nozic (10-8) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs Grd 3 (1) sft in Dec, 8 ran.
Keepthedreamalive 10-1 (11-9) Chased leader, reminders after 7th, ridden and lost 2nd well before last, soon no chance with front pair, 3rd of 6, 17l behind Consigliere (11-10) at Ascot 2m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.
Randwick Roar (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Hit 1st, held up, ridden and blundered 11th, weakened 4 out, 5th of 9, 18l behind Le Burf (11-8) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Busy Isit 11-1 (11-4) Always prominent, mistake 6th (water), not fluent 8th, led 3 out, edged left flat, stayed on under pressure, won at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs in Dec beating Mokum (11-10) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Chery D'or (FR) 6-1 (11-4) Led, blundered 15th, ridden and headed approaching 3 out, jumped left 2 out and last weakened flat, 4th of 9, 24l behind Colorado Pearl (11-2) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gf in May.
Thedreamstillalive (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Led to 3rd, led 4th to 8th, led 9th to 11th, led 3 out, headed approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 7th of 9, 21l behind Matcho Pierji (11-7) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Feb.
Moncadou (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Never dangerous, 6th of 10, 33l behind Osako D'airy (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (2) hvy in Feb.