Stand Guard defied a welter burden to win a much easier race over C&D last time but is upped another 6lb today while Thecornishcockney also arrives in fine form, though he's been winning over longer trips. Super Say is another with a chance on his best form having been claimed by Mark Rimell after scoring over 1m2f here with TORNADO FORCE a length behind. The latter re-opposes on 12lb better terms back in a handicap, however, and Chris Dwyer's charge is fancied to come out best on this occasion. Royal Peculiar has bits of form that give him a shout though it's hard to predict when he'll produce it.
Super Say (IRE) 4-6fav (9-4) Close up on inner, switched right 2f out, effort between horses entering final furlong, soon led, readily, won at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol beating Noguchi (9-8) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Stand Guard 6-1fav (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway on outer entering final 2f, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Focail Maith (10-1) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
First Avenue 18-1 (9-9) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Red Orator (8-4) at Ascot 2m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Thecornishcockney 5-1fav (9-7) Held up off the pace in 7th, closer order over 4f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd towards finish, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 13, nk behind Fourth Generation (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Tornado Force (IRE) 7-2 (9-8) Towards rear, headway approaching 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Super Say (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol.
Royal Peculiar 16-1 (9-8) Held up, ridden and headway on outer 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Flying Power (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Blizzard Blues (USA) 80-1 (9-10) Always towards rear, last of 10, 16l behind Flying Power (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Uphold 7-1 (9-0) Soon led, ridden 2f out, headed and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Alazan (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.