In his prime Stand Guard
farmed low-grade races of this type, splitting his wins between Lingfield, Kempton, Southwell and Wolverhampton.
Two of the all-weather record-breaker's victories this year, in which seven withdrawals left Stand Guard
with a sole rival on each occasion, are under the BHA microscope amid concerns punters took advantage of the Rule 4 system governing deductions for non-runners.
Last month the BHA informed the Gambling Commission over concerns about the seller from which Stand Guard
was taken out on a self-certificate, which further exposed a weakness in the rule 4 system which enabled early backers of subsequent race winner Mr Burbidge to get 1-4 about a horse returned at 1-10.
January 28 Big match between record chasers La Estrella and Stand Guard
suddenly halted as La Estrella is withdrawn on veterinary advice.
At the time La Estrella was taken out, he was trading as low as 4-6, Stand Guard
was available at around 11-10 and any price the rag.
FRUSTRATED bookmakers hit out over the controversial late withdrawal of Stand Guard
from the selling race at Southwell yesterday that once more exposed a rule 4 weakness as the BHA said it would inquire into the circumstances.
Seldom has a humble seller attracted as much interest as the clash between all-weather kings La Estrella and Stand Guard
in the 2.
SOUTHWELL HISTORY could be in the making today at Southwell, where Stand Guard
is engaged in the seller, writes Richard Birch.
The boys took turns to stand guard
while they allegedly attacked the terrified 11-year-old, warning her: "If you tell anyone we will beat you up.