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Butler's Stand shows steel to equal record at Southwell

STAND Guard equalled the record of 25 wins on an all-weather surface when successful at Southwell yesterday.

The John Butler-trained 10-year-old joined China Castle, who set the standard in 2001, with an emphatic eight-length victory in the coral.co.uk Best Odds Guaranteed On Racing Selling Stakes.

Tom Queally settled the 10/11 favourite at the rear of the quartet as subsequent runner-up Conducting took his three rivals along before making his move just before the turn for home.

Soon in front, Stand Guard quickly pulled away to score easily.


Flying Award picked up his third regional national in less than a year by playing his part in what was a terrific day at Exeter for the Gardner family.

Lucy Gardner had ridden the gelding to success in both the Highland and Somerset equivalents but as her mother, Sue, trains just four miles away from the course at Longdown, the Higos Insurance Services Devon National will have ranked at the top of the pile.

While there are only ever a maximum of a dozen horses at Woodhayes Farm, the pair had already initiated a double on the card through Here's Herbie (100/30 favourite) in the Call Star Sports On 08000 521 321 Handicap Hurdle. Flying Award (9/2) had been pulled up in last month's West Wales National at Ffos Las but bounded over three and three-quarter miles of undulating country to beat Coolking by three lengths.