19:35 Sandown Thu 23 May 2019
- Matchbook Brigadier Gerard Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1)
- 1m 1f 209y, Good
- 6 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Beat Ribchester by a neck when winning the Group 1 Sussex Stakes (Glorious Goodwood) in August 2017, also adding a Group 3 win at Haydock (1m, heavy) late last season; untested beyond 1m and ideally requires significant rainfall (not forecast).
Doncaster novice winner (1m4f); came up well short at Glorious Goodwood in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes (1m4f, good to firm) when finishing 12½L third of four to Cross Counter; plenty to find at these weights; now gelded.
Winner of a 1m course Cl 4 handicap last June before progressing quickly over 1m2f on the July Course at Newmarket (won three on the bounce); ninth of 33 in the Cambridgeshire; opened this season with a 1m1f Maisons-Laffitte Listed win (gd/sft).
Frankel colt; 500,000gns yearling; didn't quite make the grade when tackling Group 3 company (Rose Of Lancaster) at Haydock, but was progressive immediately prior to that and is a C&D winner (novice); not one to be written off at this level yet.
A prolific winner on the AW (7-9); visually impressive when cruising past the classy Wissahickon in Lingfield's Good Friday Easter Classic (1m2f); the presenting soft ground wasn't at all favourable at Chester (ran well - second); of major interest.
Finished sixth in this in 2018 (beaten 4L) before winning a 1m Group 3 at Glorious Goodwood (gd/fm); beaten by Here Comes When on heavy ground at Haydock in September; pleasing third in the Group 2 Bet 365 Mile here on seasonal reappearance; trip?
Last Year's Winner
|5||Poet's Word||5||9-0||4/6||Full Result|
|T: Sir Michael StouteJ: R L Moore|
Matterhorn (13/8), Regal Reality (2/1), Danceteria (13/2), Elwazir (7/1), Here Comes When (40/1), Bombyx (40/1)
- Regal Reality
Next Race Off
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