Sandown: Brigadier Gerard meeting

Alan Marron has a strong fancy for Full Authority in the Listed National Stakes at Sandown on Thursday. Image credit: David O'Meara Racing

Alan Marron previews Thursday’s fantastic Brigadier Gerard Meeting at Sandown Park

6.00 1m2f (1m1f209y) Handicap (A Jockey Club Grassroots Middle Distance Series Qualifier) (Class 5) (4yo+ 0-75)

NAWAR is potentially interesting in this race as he looks to be one of the most unexposed runners in the race on his second run after wind surgery. His last run at Lingfield was a very eye catching run where he was short of room and then ran on well in the straight. The horse that finished fourth that day was She Believes trained by Sylvester Kirk who has gone on to win twice since that and is now rated 77. The winner of that race was Here’s Two and has since ran well in a class 3 handicap so it shows the form of the race has plenty of substance. Nawar remains on the same mark of 70 as it did for its last run and if the step up in trip is no issue then he is decent value in a competitive heat.

6.35 5f (5f10y) National Stakes (Listed Race) (Class 1) (2yo)

FULL AUTHORITY was very impressive in winning first time out at Chester when making all. Sandown is a speed track over five furlongs with a slight uphill finish. He has the plum draw in one this time round and should be very hard to beat.

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7.05 2m (2m50y) Henry II Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (4yo+)

MAGIC CIRCLE who won this race last year may prove a value alternative to the likely favourite Dee Ex Bee who has Royal Ascot aspirations after this race. Magic Circle is rated 2lb higher than Dee Ex Bee and receives 2lb in this race so he is effectively 4lb well in. He was third in the Ormonde Stakes at Chester last time out which will have really brought him on fitness wise. He is a former Chester Cup winner so the distance won’t be an issue.

7:35 1m2f (1m1f209y) Brigadier Gerard Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (4yo+)

With the Stoute stable in such good form REGAL REALITY is a very interesting contender upped in trip here. Sir Michael Stoute obviously has no trip worries even when it looked last time out that the mile journey was too far. On its last run last season he was third to Mustashry, who went on to win the Lockinge at Newbury last weekend.  It isn’t a great renewal of this great race and Regal Reality looks to be the potential value. If the step up in trip suits and brings about a little improvement we could see a totally different performance this time around.

8:10 1m Heron Stakes (Listed Race) (Class 1) (3yo)

KING OF COMEDY is an improving individual and has some strong form lines. He could be well suited by the step up in class. When he won at Yarmouth last time out the Racing Post comments stated that he won with a bit in hand. He finished second at Redcar last season to a horse called I Could Do Better who for those who watched this week would have seen him absolutely bolt-up at Carlisle this week. This is a very strong race for the grade and King of Comedy could be a decent price.


8.40 Whitsun Cup Handicap (Class 3) (4yo+ 0-95)

LUSH LIFE went into plenty of notebooks after his run last time out at Windsor. He was very awkward at the start and Jamie Spencer held him up off the pace to try and get him settled. He absolutely flew home up the straight and nearly snatched second. The difference I think here is that if Jamie Spencer can settle him quicker he will run n strongly and get up this time around. The horse that finished second at Windsor was Masham Star who went on to finish a creditable third in a 25k handicap at Newbury on his next run. The form has some substance to it. Jamie Spencer should be able to drop this horse out and come through with a sustained late run.

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