Carlton House wins the Brigadier Gerard at Sandown Park

28th May 2015

The Cantor Fitzgerald Brigadier Gerard at Sandown Park

This evening Sandown Park hosts the richest evening fixture in the UK and the feature race is the Cantor Fitzgerald Brigadier Gerard. So it is an excellent chance to head down to Esher for an evening of competitive racing.

I am going to take you through four of the six races and look at the form of some of the horses who are likely to be heading up the betting.

The first Listed race on the card is the Cantor Fitzgerald Debt Capital Markets National Stakes, which has been won by some really decent horses in the past few years, not least Tiggy Wiggy last year for Richard Hannon. She was the speedball who lit up last summer and subsequently went on the win the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket. Richard Hannon Snr also saddled the 2012 winner, Sir Prancelot so they know how to win the race.

The Hannon runner this year is King of Rooks. It takes an improving horse to win this race and King of Rooks is definitely that, having improved markedly between first and second runs.

Another one of interest is Kevin Ryan’s northern raider Areen who won a valuable novice at York’s Dante meeting. The trainer doesn’t send horses south unless he likes their chances, so Areen could be one to look out for.

Next up is the Cantor Fitzgerald Investment Trusts Henry II Stakes, a Group 3 race for stayers over a distance of 2 miles. Last year it was won by Brown Panther who went on to a successful campaign winning the Irish St Leger and the Meydan Gold Cup. The runners are a nice mix of improving horses and those who have proven Group experience.

One of the runners that caught my eye was Trip to Paris trained in Newmarket by Ed Dunlop, who was an eye catching winner of the Chester Cup. Trip to Paris has won his last three races and goes for the four-timer tomorrow and his trainer thinks very highly of him.

High Jinks, the top rated horse in the race, was second in the race last year and has to be of of interest again this year.

Another one that caught my eye is Simenon of Willie Mullins who has been off the course for over 300 days but has Ryan Moore on board. He is an out and out stayer and goes well in these sort of races.

The highlight of the evening is the feature race – Cantor Fitzgerald Research Brigadier Gerard Stakes. This is a Group 3 race over 1 mile 2 furlongs and it is a cracking race this year. There are three horses at the head of the market. Arab Spring is really well liked by connections who include trainer Sir Michael Stoute and jockey Ryan Moore. He won a Group 3, the Surprise stakes at Newbury last time out.

Tryster, trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin, was an improving horse over his winter all weather campaign which ended with him winning the Group 3 Winter Derby. A feature of his races last year was an electrifying turn of foot and he certainly showed that at Lingfield when he shot round the final bend and up the straight. It will be interesting to see how he copes with the change of track and the change to turf.

The market might see it as a two horse race between Arab Spring and Tryster, but don’t forget Eagle Top. He is a horse with proven Group form, is trained by John Gosden and has Frankie Dettori on board.

The Cantor Fitzgerald Corporate Finance Heron Stakes is a listed race over a mile and the likely favourite is Consort, for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. Ryan Moore could have a very good day tomorrow given his booked rides.

It is only Consort’s second run, but Sir Michael won this race in 2011 and Consort won his maiden at Newmarket very well indeed. I would expect him to win this and go on to better things.

Johnny Barnes runs for John Gosden and is the mount of Frankie Dettori. He won his maiden at the end of last year and then ran a promising second in the Group 1 Criterium St Cloud. If he carries that form forward, he could be a serious threat to the favourite.