STAND GUARD is likely to start a short price. John Butler's charge has won twice over shorter distances, including at this course last week, since scoring over C&D in December and is clear at the weights. Kazbow is next best on official ratings but arrives out of form so Priestley's Reward looks a bigger threat on the back of a win in a Lingfield seller. The remainder have a stack to find on today's terms and will do well to get involved.
Stand Guard 1-2fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, headway over 1f out, led entering final furlong, held on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (5) pol beating Priors Gold (8-10) by 1l, 5 ran.
Sing Alana Sing 20-1 (8-6) Clipped heels and unseated rider after 1f, in a race won by Italian Riviera (9-3) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov, 9 ran.
Priestley's Reward (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Driven forward, chased leader, ridden to lead over 2f out, strongly challenged from over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, won at Lingfield 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol in Dec beating High 'n Dry (8-6) by nk, 5 ran.
Esteem 33-1 (9-2) Keen and prominent, chased leader 8f out until 2f out, weakened 1f out, last of 8, 13l behind Emperor Court (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcap (5) pol in Feb '08.
Kazbow (IRE) 40-1 (9-6) In rear, outpaced 6f out, 6th of 7, 10l behind Thecornishcockney (9-11) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Dubai Story 16-1 (8-3) Broke well, soon held up in touch, effort on inner over 1f out, soon no impression, 4th of 8, 6l behind Sweet Liberta (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.