Stand Guard will have come on for a recent outing at Southwell and landed the odds in this last year when beating lower rated horses. But he comes up against KIAMA BAY this time round and the latter shares the same handicap rating. Richard Fahey's charge is dropping down in class having competed in tough Class 2 races of late and gets the vote to come good in this company. Mr Lando and Offherocker have no chance at the weights and are easily dismissed.
Kiama Bay (IRE) 14-1 (7-8) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 9th of 14, 8l behind Castilo Del Diablo (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcap (2) pol.
Stand Guard 11-4 (9-9) Held up behind in touch, headway 4f out, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no chance with winner final furlong, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Reve De Nuit (9-9) at Southwell 1m 4f clm stks (6) fbs.
Mr Lando 10-3 (9-2) Held up towards rear, soon took keen hold and tracked leaders over 7f out, pushed along over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Thankyou Very Much (8-9) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Offherocker 100-1 (8-7) Unruly and unseated rider twice prior to start, started slowly, outpaced, tailed off, last of 6, 34l behind Dark Lane (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f clm stks (5) pol.