Stand Guard made history here last month when breaking the record for most wins on the all-weather. He had no trouble beating a much lower rated rival in a match last time but will find MR BURBRIDGE a more formidable opponent in this. The latter has 3lb in hand with the former on today's terms and landed a couple of handicaps on this surface at the turn of the year. Neil Mullholland's charge gets the vote with the remainder looking to have little chance at the weights, unless Teajaybe proves much better on the Fibresand than he showed at Dundalk for his former yard.
Mr Burbidge 25-1 (9-2) Dwelt, headway to lead after 2f, ridden over 2f out, headed entering final furlong, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 7l behind Litigant (9-2) at Lingfield 2m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol.
Stand Guard 1-7fav (9-5) Made all, shaken up over 1f out, soon in command, unchallenged, won at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs beating Honest Strike (8-13) by 14l, 2 ran.
Dontpaytheferryman (USA) 14-1 (8-13) Keen led, clear 7f out, ridden when headed entering final 2f, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 19l behind Goldmadchen (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol.
Teajaybe (USA) 5-1 (9-12) Mid-division, progress into 5th 3f out, ridden in 4th 2f out, under pressure in 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Armed Guard (8-10) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Vortex Star 100-1 (9-7) Soon outpaced, detached, last of 10, 48l behind Two Moons (10-0) at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs.
Freedom Flying 100-1 (9-9) Towards rear, reminders and driven along early, never dangerous, last of 9, 50l behind Saga De Tercey (9-13) at Musselburgh 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf in Apr '09.