Noguchi is best in claimers nowadays, though this isn't much better. Ssafa won off a higher mark at Kempton in November but has yet to score on Turf in 14 attempts while Layline's previous victories on this surface came in testing ground. It was also soft going when Uganda Glory won here in September and she's 8lb higher today. Tracks Of My Tears won off a 9lb lower mark on the all-weather at the end of last year, but Highlife Dancer has claims on his win here in June. NESTERENKO won on the Flat in Germany and has scored twice over hurdles for Nicky Henderson. There's a chance he's well handicapped back on the level and he gets a tentative vote.
Noguchi (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Disputed lead until ridden over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, eased over 1f out, last of 6, well behind Tartan Jura (8-12) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Apr.
Layline (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Held up in last pair, headway into 2nd well over 3f out, soon ridden, lost 2nd well over 1f out, eased when no chance inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 10l behind Reve De Nuit (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Apr.
Ssafa 9-2 (9-4) Led, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 7l behind Puzzle Time (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2f fll hcp (0-75) (5) pol in Mar.
Mombasa 25-1 (8-10) Held up, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 11th of 14, 29l behind Bob's World (9-1) at Newbury 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Apr.
Uganda Glory (USA) 9-4fav (9-7) Slow into stride, soon pushed along to lead after 1f, ridden over 1f out, unchallenged, won at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Sep beating Special Report (8-12) by 5l, 7 ran.
Tracks Of My Tears 5-2 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, last of 4, 1 3/4l behind Pinotage (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Highlife Dancer 16-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 10, 11l behind Bold Duke (9-5) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Sep.
Nesterenko (GER) (8-11) 7th of 0, 3 1/2l behind Lira (8-8) at Krefeld(GER) 1m 3f hcp gd in Jun.
Soundbyte 10-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 7f out, soon lost place, 5th of 9, 7l behind Laser Blazer (9-10) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug '12.