The race to equal the most wins on the all-weather is becoming a protracted affair with La Estrella still sidelined and STAND GUARD beaten at odds of 1/7 at Lingfield last time. But a return to the Fibresand may see John Butler's charge make it win number 25 to equal the record. He has 5lb in hand with Staff Sergeant, although the latter will be no pushover given he's won three times here and drops in class today. Conducting scored at Lingfield recently but has plenty to find at the weights in this company and Encore Un Fois is even harder to fancy.
Conducting 4-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, pressed leader 2f out, soon clear with leader, ridden to lead inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Feb beating Officer In Command (9-6) by 1l, 7 ran.
Staff Sergeant 7-2 (9-2) In touch in rear, pushed along over 4f out, headway under pressure over 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 13l behind Gogeo (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) fbs in Feb.
Stand Guard 1-7fav (9-10) Chased leaders, progress to challenge 3f out, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 4, 2l behind Mahadee (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f App sell stks (6) pol in Feb.
Encore Un Fois 25-1 (8-12) Led to post early, outpaced and behind, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 8, 10l behind Arabian Flight (8-13) at Southwell 7f sell stks (6) fbs in Feb.