Stand Guard breaks all-weather win record

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Stand Guard broke the 13-year record, held by China Castle, for all-weather track victories, on Thursday, when he romped to his 26th victory on a synthetic surface for Tom Queally and John Butler at Southwell Racecourse

The 10-year-old had equalled the all-weather win record on the same track on Tuesday.

Southwell Racecourse’s managing director David Roberts said: “It is a tremendous accomplishment for Stand Guard, who has been a fantastic competitor across the all-weather tracks of the UK for nearly seven years now.

“I would like to congratulate all connections of the horse over his magnificent career, and wish all the best to those involved with the record-breaking 10-year-old in enhancing this superb all-weather record.”

This was his sixth win on the Fibresand at Southwell, to go with his four wins at Kempton, 12 wins at Wolverhampton and four wins at Lingfield, showing his versatility. In his 26 wins, he has beaten a grand total of 152 horses in the process, and he is a real credit to the small operation John Butler operates in Newmarket.

Adam Kirby is the most successful jockey with him with 10 successes aboard this son of Danehill, with Tom Queally on five and then the now retired Ian Mongan on three, which were his first three wins at Kempton Park.

Stand Guard hasn’t always been with John Butler, starting his career with Sir Michael Stoute, but the master trainer couldn’t win with him so sold him to Derek Shaw, who also couldn’t win with him.

But the move to Paul Howling certainly worked, and he recorded seven victories there over a two and a half year period before moving to Jane Chapple-Hyam for a Wolverhampton win, and then Michael Squance for another win. Noel Quinlan was next to take care of Stand Guard in July 2011 and up until 11th February 2012, they teamed up for two more victories, but John Butler has definitely got the best out of him with 15 victories in the space of a smidgen over two years.

which is a great achievement with an ageing horse, whatever the grade.

Stand Guard is a treasure to savour and hopefully he can continue in good health and win a few more races yet before time is called on his record breaking career.

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