STAND GUARD has another good opportunity on today's terms and is hard to oppose. He recorded win number 20 on the all-weather at Lingfield last time but is equally at home on this surface and easily beat Jack Dawkins here in February. The latter has hit top form since with a recent double at this track under his belt but has plenty to find at the weights with the selection. Gay Gallivanter and Xpres Maite have both been beaten by Jack Dawkins this month and will do well to reverse the form.
Jack Dawkins (USA) 5-4fav (9-5) Led 2f, tracked leaders, led over 4f out, ridden and headed narrowly approaching final furlong, rallied to lead again inside final furlong, won at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs beating Goldmadchen (8-9) by hd, 7 ran.
Stand Guard 4-5fav (9-9) Dwelt in touch in last place, smooth headway to chase leader 2f out, shaken up to lead entering final furlong, ran on, comfortable, won at Lingfield 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol beating Right Stuff (9-3) by 5l, 4 ran.
Gay Gallivanter 28-1 (8-11) Raced wide in touch, pushed along over 7f out, ridden over 5f out, kept on under pressure to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 13l behind Jack Dawkins (8-11) at Southwell 1m 3f sell stks (6) fbs.
Xpres Maite 5-1 (8-10) Slow into stride, headway to track leader 10f out, ridden 4f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Jack Dawkins (9-5) at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs.