STAND GUARD made short work of Activate when landing the odds at Wolverhampton a week ago and it could be similar story today. A win over track and trip can be found among 18 victories on the all-weather and John Butler's charge is hard to oppose. Asterism may give him a bit to think about as she's lightly-raced and not far behind the likely favourite on today's terms but has yet to race on Fibresand. The remainder will do well get involved though an improved effort from Jack Dawkins would be no surprise back on this surface.
Stand Guard 1-8fav (9-5) Held up in touch in last place, headway to chase clear leader over 3f out, closed on leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, comfortable, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol in Jan beating Activate (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 4 ran.
Jack Dawkins (USA) 33-1 (9-0) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 42l behind De Rigueur (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Princely Hero (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Slowly away, soon pushed along to chase leaders, pushed along 7f out, soon lost place and behind, 12th of 15, 25l behind Tartan Jura (11-9) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Activate 8-1 (9-5) Led, clear over 3f out, reduced lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Stand Guard (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol in Jan.
Asterism 6-4fav (8-8) Keen early, chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 5l behind Faithful Ruler (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Jan.
Avison (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, always behind, 12th of 14, 29l behind Irene Kennet (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.