This looks a match between the two at the head of the weights. But Stand Guard was nowhere near his best in a claiming race at Southwell last time and was beaten by a lower-rated rival when last competing on this surface. It could pay to take him on with LAYLINE, who doesn't have that much to find on today's terms with Richard Hughes taking over the reins. The remainder have little chance either at the weights or on recent form and it's hard to make a serious case for any of them.
Stand Guard 5-4fav (9-12) Held up in last pair, some headway on outside approaching halfway, outpaced over 4f out, ridden on outside 2f out, plugged on, 5th of 7, 21l behind Omnipresent (9-13) at Southwell 1m 4f clm stks (5) fbs.
Layline (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Raced keenly, led until over 2f out, chased winner until entering final furlong, ridden and weakening when hampered inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 7l behind Meetings Man (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in May.
Illegale (IRE) 66-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 12th of 14, 20l behind Lady Percy (8-10) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp (6) sft.
Mazij 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along 4f out, hung right under pressure and weakened over 2f out, 11th of 13, 24l behind Glennten (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Ninfea (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 18l behind Bobs Her Uncle (9-9) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Red Willow 33-1 (8-8) Disputed lead until over 4f out, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 5l behind Tijuca (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in May.