This looks really tricky with nobody certain to set the pace and a couple closely matched on recent running here. Castilo Del Diablo won a competitive handicap over track and trip last time but the usual headgear is missing today and he only just held off the late charge of MODERNSTONE. The latter also carried 2lb overweight on that occasion so looks to have a good chance of taking revenge. The remaining pair have it all to do on today's terms but lack of a proper pace could bring them into the equation with Royal Alcor just preferred to Echo Brava if that's the way things unfold.
Castilo Del Diablo (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Mid-division, not clear run over 2f out, headway on inside over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, held on near finish, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcap (2) pol beating Modernstone (8-2) by nk, 14 ran.
Royal Alcor (IRE) 3-1 (8-11) Held up in last pair, hampered 3f out, headway on inside over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 6, 10l behind Magika (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Echo Brava 9-4fav (8-6) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, soon strongly challenged, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Blue Wave (8-11) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Modernstone 4-1fav (8-2) Towards rear, driven and headway on outside over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to press winner inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 14, nk behind Castilo Del Diablo (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcap (2) pol.