14:45 Sandown Park

Thales Handicap Chase (Class 3)

  • 7 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 4f 110y
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £15,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 17.16s
  • Off Time: 14:46:22
  • 7 Ran
Silk -

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      Silk - Brown, Turquoise sleeves and cap

      Black Hills

      100 pt DCD
      • Form 6988-P9
      • Age 10
      • Weight 11-12
      • Official Rating 128

      chased leaders, challenged from 9th, led 10th, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened next

      Silk - White, Brown hoops, White sleeves, Brown armlets, Brown and White quartered cap


      70 D
      • Form 49525P
      • Age 10
      • Weight 11-10
      • Official Rating 126

      held up, hit 7th, ridden 13th, behind when blundered 4 out, headway after, went 3rd 2 out, kept on flat and went 2nd near finish, no chance with winner

      Silk - Emerald Green and Royal Blue (quartered), Maroon sleeves and cap
      • Form 16-F373
      • Age 11
      • Weight 11-9
      • Official Rating 125

      chased leaders, reminders 7th, outpaced and hit 12th, struggling next

      Silk - Dark Blue, Red sash and sleeves, Light Blue cap
      • Form 121-975
      • Age 10
      • Weight 11-4
      • Official Rating 120

      in touch until blundered and unseated rider 9th

      Silk - Dark Green, Yellow cross belts, hooped sleeves

      Busy Isit

      68 D
      • Form 5315-91
      • Age 9
      • Weight 11-0
      • Official Rating 116

      sprawled badly 1st, rear, recovered and in touch 4th, hit next, went 3rd and hit 7th, blundered 12th, hit 4 out and ridden, led and bumped 3 out, soon ridden clear

      Silk - White, Dark Blue braces, halved sleeves and striped cap
      • Form P0PP3-4
      • Age 8
      • Weight 10-11
      • Official Rating 113

      chased leaders, hit 13th, struggling after

      Silk - White, Brown hoops, halved sleeves, White cap
      • Form 391527
      • Age 9
      • Weight 10-5
      • Official Rating 106

      led, headed 10th, stayed challenging, chased winner from 3 out, one pace from next, no impression, lost 2nd near finish


      Moncadou (FR)

      22 t D
      • Form 2310/66
      • Age 9
      • Weight 11-9
      • Official Rating 125


      Previous results

      In depth


      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.