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2019 Brigadier Gerard Stakes tips - Stoute's 15/8 chance can enhance trainer's fine record in Thursday's feature

Brian Healy 22 May 2019
Sandown's Thursday evening fixture is dominated by the Brigadier Gerard Stakes.

Brian Healy gives his runner-by-runner guide to Sandown's Group Three feature race on Thursday, the Brigadier Gerard Stakes.

The feature race of Thursday’s evening fixture at Sandown is the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes, which goes to post at 7.35pm, and the 1m 2f contest is the fifth of six races to go to post on a cracking racecard at the Esher venue.

Despite only boasting Group Three status, this race boasts an impressive roll-call of classy winners and recent past champions include Poet’s Word- who went on to win last season’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes - as well as the likes of Time Test, Western Hymn, Mukhadram, and Workforce since the turn of the decade.

The latest renewal of this classy prize will see a field of six runners face the gates, each bidding to land the near-£40,000 first prize pot.

Here Comes When (10/1, William Hill) sets the standard on overall form, and the Group One winner had a fairly light campaign last term without fully hitting his peak. 

However, Andrew Balding’s charge did manage to register a win in the Group Three Unibet Mile where he ran out a one length victor over Circus Couture, suited by the heavy ground to score a shade readily.

The Danehill Dancer gelding however failed to beat a rival back on better ground when sent to San Siro to contest the Premio Vittorio di Capua, and the ground again here could prove his undoing. 

He does have a decent record when fresh, and while he sets a solid standard on his overall form, he is perhaps worth taking on given the underfoot conditions are unlikely to play to his strengths, while he has also yet to race beyond one mile and so has to prove stamina.

Matterhorn (7/4, William Hill) had been in excellent form on the all-weather, racking up a sequence of five straight wins before disappointing at Kempton in the Listed Magnolia Stakes, beating only two home.

However, the Raven’s Pass colt quickly bounced back on All-weather Champions Day to win the Easter Classic with a seven lengths’ demolition of the classy Wissahickon; and he lost no caste in defeat when denied narrowly at Chester latest in the Huxley stakes where he was beaten less than one length behind Forest Ranger.

Mark Johnston’s charge could have more to offer on turf, but he has been beaten on both starts on this surface which have both come on softer ground; he could however be better suited by this faster ground and he is dangerous to discount from posting another big run.

Bombyx (20/1, William Hill) showed some fair form last term, scoring in a novice contest over twelve furlongs at Doncaster prior to posting back-to-back bronze medal finishes behind Cross Counter at Goodwood in the Group Three Gordon Stakes, and at Yarmouth in a handicap behind Protected Guest.

James Fanshawe’s charge has been gelded since his last run, and he makes his reappearance here. He ran well on his first start twelve months ago, and he could find some improvement this term. He’ll probably need to find a decent chunk however, and the yard’s runners usually come on for their first run.

This is tougher than anything he’s faced to date, and the feeling is he’ll struggle in this company.

Sir Michael Stoute boasts an excellent record in this contest, and REGAL REALITY (15/8, William Hill) could be worth chancing to give the Newmarket handler win number eleven, and also a third straight success in this Group Three prize having won the last two renewals with Autocratic and Poet’s Word.

The lightly-raced Intello gelding was a winner on debut at Yarmouth on his sole juvenile start, and having looked in need of the run on this card twelve months ago when beating only three home behind Without Parole, he stepped up to win the Group Three Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood next time.

Possibly unsuited by the heavy ground behind Here Comes When in the Unibet Mile, he lost no caste in defeat behind Mustashry on his final outing of the campaign when beaten five lengths into third in the Shadwell Joel Stakes at Newmarket.

That form has been franked, and he made another pleasing return to action following seven months off when beaten just over one length here behind Beat The Bank in the Bet365 Mile. He shaped as if ready for a stiffer test of stamina in that outing, and this step up in in trip could unlock some further improvement in the four-year old who remains open to progess and he ought to go well in pursuit of another win in this race.

Elwazir (6/1, William Hill) is a course-and-distance winner, scoring twice last term in novice and handicap company prior to trying his hand in Pattern company at Haydock in August where he finished fifth of seven runners behind Teodoro in the Rose Of Lancaster Stakes.

Owen Burrows’ charge makes his seasonal reappearance here, and there could be better to come from him this campaign with the potential for improvement having had just five career starts. He also won on his reappearance last June, so lack of a run needn’t be a concern and the Frankel colt could go well for all he needs to step up on his form to date if he’s to collect this prize.

His yard however don’t seem to be firing at present, which is a concern, but he could step up on past form if fit to go on his return.

Danceteria (6/1, William Hill) completes the six-runner line-up for this contest, and David Menuisier’s charge arrives here fit from a reappearance win at Maisons-Laffitte last month where the Redoute’s Choice won a Listed contest by a head from Mer Et Nuages.

A four-time handicap winner last term having been gelded, the four-year old struggled towards the end of the season, although finishing ninth in the Cambridgeshire was a decent effort behind Wissahickon.  

But he made a winning return from five months off the track, winning a shade readily from a rival who has since made the frame in a Group Two contest. He also boasts winning form at this venue having got off the mark for the season at the first attempt twelve months ago when winning over one mile before stepping up to this trip to win his next three starts.

This will demand more from him as he steps into Group company, and he is perhaps more exposed than most so he will need more to feature.


Here Comes When sets the standard on his past exploits, but his best form has come on softer ground so these conditions are unlikely to show the Danehill Dancer gelding at his best; while he has stamina to prove trying this longer trip for the first time.

Andrew Balding’s charge also has to give 3lbs to REGAL REALITY (15/8, William Hill) who bids to give Sir Michael Stoute a third straight win in the race - and eleventh overall - and the Intello colt is taken to come out on top.

A Group Three winner on his second start last term at Goodwood, he wasn’t disgraced in bagging bronze medal finishes behind Here Comes When at Haydock where he was unsuited by the heavy ground, and behind Mustashry in the Shadwell Joel Stakes.

He finished third again on his reappearance here last month, beaten just over one length behind Beat The Bank and he looks ready for a stiffer test so this longer trip could unlock further improvement; while quicker ground is no issue for the Stoute runner who ought to be sharper for his reappearance, and he looks set to go close as he bids to enhance his trainer’s excellent record in this contest.


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2019 Brigadier Gerard Stakes tips - Stoute's 15/8 chance can enhance trainer's fine record in Thursday's feature

Brian Healy gives his runner-by-runner guide to Sandown's Group Three feature race on Thursday, the Brigadier Gerard Stakes.

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