STAND GUARD just failed to hang on for victory over 2m on the Fibresand at Southwell last time. Back over today's shorter trip on this faster surface, he can return to winning ways at the main expense of his chief rival Right Stuff. The latter has won twice on the Flat since 2009, both times over 2m including January's success at this track and he looks second best on that evidence. Bashama has the beating of Gower Rules at the weights but neither look to have much chance of winning taking on the principals on such unfavourable terms.
Stand Guard Evensfav (9-10) In touch, dropped to rear halfway, headway on inner to track leader 4f out, chased winner over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, hung right final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 7, nk behind Kazbow (9-1) at Southwell 2m clm stks (6) fbs in Feb.
Gower Rules (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, led over 4f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 9l behind Midnight Sequel (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb.
Right Stuff (FR) 2-1 (9-9) Pulled hard, held up in 4th, went 3rd 6f out, tracked leader on bit approaching final 2f, upsides final furlong, driven to challenge final 100 yards, stayed on under pressure to lead close home, won at Lingfield 2m clm stks (6) pol in Jan beating La Estrella (9-12) by nk, 6 ran.
Bashama 33-1 (8-9) Led early, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Saharia (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Feb.