STAND GUARD was closely matched at the weights with the eventual winner Back Burner over 1m3f here last time. This should prove slightly easier for John Butler's charge as he looks to extend a record-breaking tally of 26 wins on the all-weather. Omnipresent has a shout on today's terms dropped in class for his Fibresand debut while Noguchi is at his best in plating races and scored over 2m at the track in February. Dynastic landed an amateurs' race over 1m6f here last time while Rock Of Ages scored over the same trip at the end of last year but both have plenty to find with the likely favourite.
Omnipresent 11-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 26l behind Silk Sari (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 4f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gs in May.
Dynastic 3-1 (10-5) Raced wide held up, headway over 4f out, chased leader over 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on, won at Southwell 1m 6f (6) fbs in May beating Layline (11-0) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Stand Guard 7-4fav (9-7) In rear and in touch, went 3rd over 4f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Back Burner (9-2) at Southwell 1m 3f clm stks (6) fbs in Apr.
Forward March 20-1 (9-7) Pulled hard, tracked leader for 1f, tracked leaders, dropped to last pair halfway, hung left and weakened over 3f out, 6th of 7, 16l behind Silver Alliance (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Rajeh (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 8th of 9, 9l behind Lochiel (9-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Rock of Ages 5-4fav (10-10) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway to lead after 3f, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, remote 3rd, 3rd of 8, 26l behind Flash Crash (10-9) at Southwell 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Noguchi (IRE) 9-4 (9-5) Tracked winner, challenged over 4f out, ridden and lost place inside final 2f, no impression with front pair over 1f out, last of 3, 7l behind Manomine (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Saddlers Mot 66-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 10l behind Air Pilot (10-0) at Thirsk 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in May.