Sandown Brigadier Gerard Stakes Evening Preview
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Sandown Brigadier Gerard Stakes Evening Preview

There's a tasty midweek evening offering from Sandown Park on Thursday as they stage their Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes card. The feature event is a Group 3 and is well supported by the Henry II Stakes and the Listed National Stakes on the Sandown card, which runs from 5.40pm-8.35pm. The Racing Post previews this quality midweek offering at the Esher course.


5.40pm - Coral 'Beaten-By-A-Length' Free Bet Handicap (1m2f)

The obvious starting point is this month's Windsor winner Wonder Starelzaam. He'd won 2-5 on the all-weather since joining Dennis Coakley and that was his first start on grass for this trainer. He didn't have the clearest passage early in the home straight in that Windsor Class 5 event, but ultimately he won with a little up his sleeve going away at the line and a 4lb rise doesn't seem prohibitive.

Eton Blue was behind in third and re-opposes on more favourable terms, while The Whipmaster has to be shortlisted on the back of a Lingfield AW win this month.

FORGE VALLEY LAD could shine for David Simcock and Jamie Spencer in this opener. He's been a model of consistency on the all-weather circuit for this trainer since joining last year and boasts winning turf form from his time with Ed Vaughan previously. Ground conditions are ideal and with two of his three previous wins having been come-from-behind efforts, he's got the perfect ally in new pilot Spencer as he makes the switch back to grass.

Selection: Forge Valley Lad

Next Best: Wonder Starelzaam

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6.15pm - Coral National Stakes (Listed, 5f)

A Listed sprint over the flying five-furlongs here as some of the most promising juveniles of the season so far clash. A field of eight line up and they all boast prior winning experience, with three once-raced winners in the mix.

Roger Varian's Tajalla looks the pick of the home team. The Kessaar colt was in the right place throughout the race and powered to the winning line in a Newmarket novice (5f, good) at last month's Craven Meeting, putting almost three-lengths between himself and a subsequent winner in second spot. He's entitled to progress from that run and is a key player.

Wolverhampton maiden winner Waiting All Night for Richard Spencer and Hollie Doyle, as well as Thirsk maiden scorer Maria Branwell for David O'Meara and Danny Tudhope, both carry perfect records into battle but have more to find it seems rising in class.

The strongest form appears to belong to Irish raider CRISPY CAT for Michael O'Callaghan, with Rossa Ryan booked to ride.

The Ardad colt won a maiden at Cork in April and, at the start of this month, was short-headed at the Curragh in this grade by Aiden O'Brien's Blackbeard - a convincing winner of a Group 3 at the Kildare venue over the weekend just gone. This could prove a rewarding piece of placement from O'Callaghan.

Selection: Crispy Cat

Next Best: Tajalla

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6.50pm - Coral Henry II Stakes (Group 3, 2m)

A first-time visor could be a defining addition for THUNDEROUS here. Mark Johnston's five-year-old was narrowly denied in Chester's Ormonde Stakes at the start of the month and has since filled the same spot behind Stradivarius in the Yorkshire Cup.

Franny Norton will no doubt attempt to dictate in front over this extended trip and his mount can confirm Chester form with the likes of John Leeper en route to a merited success.

It's a while since we've seen Euchen Glen tackling this sort of trip and Jim Goldie's veteran should be sharper for his Doncaster comeback in the spring. It would be foolish to discount his claims.

Enemy won the Queen's Cup at Musselburgh in April for Ian Williams and looked rather luckless since in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot when left short of room in the run to the finish line. On that evidence, Tom Marquand's partner is very likely to be in the shake-up here.

Selection: Thunderous

Next Best: Euchen Glen

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7.25pm - Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes (Group 3, 1m2f)

The evergreen Lord Glitters returns for another summer term on British soil, having won a Meydan Group 2 as recently as February, but David O'Meara's 9YO faces an arduous enough task here conceding a penalty to some promising rivals.

Addeybb, similarly, has been around the block on plenty of occasions and is a proven performer at Group 1 level. William Haggas' charge is respected but perhaps will come on from this first start of 2022.

The likes of Passing And Glory and Dubai Future have plenty of improvement to find and, so, this might be left to Bay Bridge and MOSTAHDAF.

The former won all four starts in 2021, latterly a Listed Newmarket contest over this trip in October on good ground on his first attempt in the grade. That form looks solid and he's capable of a big run for Sir Michael Stoute on this comeback but the race-fit Mostahdaf is perhaps holding an advantage.

John & Thady Gosden's charge is unbeaten in three previous visits to this track and began the new term with victory in the Gordon Richards Stakes over C&D last month.

This looks tougher on paper but with the only defeat of his seven-race career having come last summer in a Royal Ascot Group 1 over a mile, the Frankel colt looks very much the one to beat with so much in his favour today.

Selection: Mostahdaf

Next Best: Bay Bridge

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8.00pm - Coral Whitsun Cup Handicap (1m)

Fox Champion has gone well fresh before and could be a key player here from a reduced rating for Ralph Beckett but his strike-rate is less than impressive (3-21) and he has not won since May 2019.

Farasi Lane likes this venue, with two wins in three previous visits, and returns to the Esher layout having been a close second at Windsor last time out off this mark. With a first-time visor now tried, Tom Ward's charge appears a likely contender.

The returning Rebel Territory will need to be at concert pitch if hoping to follow up October's Newmarket win from this 5lb higher mark, though there's reason to be optimistic he will make further progress this summer.

INIGO JONES rather pulled away his chance at Chelmsford last month on his seasonal bow but Ryan Moore will be hoping he's more tractable this time. The New Approach gelding is 0-3 on turf previous but this represents his most realistic assignment and he has made the frame over C&D from a higher mark in a better race. He's given the nod to step up.

Selection: Indigo Jones

Next Best: Farasi Lane

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8.35pm - Play Coral 'Racing-Super-Series' For Free Handicap (1m)

DESTINY QUEEN had just only two runs last season as a 2YO and should have more to offer this term. The filly won a 7f Ascot novice on debut and was far from disgraced back there in September conceding a penalty to what has proved a decent field.

George Baker's charge now enters the handicap ranks off an opening mark of 80 and there's a chance it might underestimate her true ability. Stable form this month (1-25) is a minor worry but in a wide-open race, Pat Cosgrave's partner should be priced accordingly.

Two Tempting goes unpenalised for last week's Kempton win and was very determined in the finish, while Super Lover chased home a useful sort on his seasonal bow in a Windsor novice this month and Alan King's Zoffany colt is very likely to build on that now. Sip And Smile has gone up 3lb for winning at Doncaster 12 days ago and completes the shortlist.

Selection: Destiny Queen

Next Best: Super Lover






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