Consistency is a rarity at this level but BUSSA is holding his form well and was only beaten a head at Kempton last week. He'll need to reverse earlier form with Lord Of The Dance today but is far more reliable than the latter who has been well beaten since scoring over track and trip. Nant Saeson is a bigger threat as he just got the better of the selection here last month with Abhaath back in third and they are closely matched on that running. Unlimited makes more appeal than Arabian Flight over today's distance and Buckland has a shout.
Buckland (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Chased leader over 3f, chased leading pair, effort on inside 2f out, 3rd and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Whispering Warrior (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Youhavecontrol (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Reared start and slowly away, in rear, weakened over 3f out, eased 2f out, 16th of 17, 43l behind Ted's Brother (9-1) at Doncaster 7f 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct '11.
Bussa 3-1fav (8-11) Bumped start, mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led towards finish, headed close home, 2nd of 13, hd behind Russian Ice (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Lord of The Dance (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Awkward leaving stalls, held up in 5th, hampered on rails over 6f out, headway under pressure on outside over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind The Guru Of Gloom (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Yankee Storm 7-1 (9-5) Chased leader, effort 2f out, soon lost place, last of 5, 13l behind Paphos (9-1) at Lingfield 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Abhaath (USA) 4-1 (8-6) Keen tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, headway to chase winner over 1f out, kept on one pace near finish, 4th of 6, 3/4l behind The Mongoose (9-5) at Lingfield 1m sell stks (6) pol.
Consistant 9-2fav (9-3) Prominent, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 7th of 14, 6l behind Ryedane (8-7) at Pontefract 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Outlaw Torn (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 6l behind One Scoop Or Two (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Nant Saeson (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, stayed pressing leader, stayed on to lead again towards finish, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan beating Bussa (9-4) by hd, 8 ran.
Arabian Flight 6-5fav (11-1) Took keen hold in touch, headway on inside 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Flag Of Glory (10-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f am hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Unlimited 20-1 (9-1) Dwelt in rear, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Ace Master (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Moral Issue 25-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along to challenge 2f out, weakened towards finish, 9th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Goldstorm (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.