Betway Brigadier Gerard Stakes
Group 3, Haydock Park 14:40
Winner: £20,983,
4yo plus,
1m 1f 209y, Class 1   
Sunday 7th June 2020

Free Racing Tips

1 Lord North 3/1
2 Elarqam 11/8F
3 Telecaster 10/1
5 ran NR: Bangkok, Pivoine, Spotify, Walkinthesand
Distances: shd, 1¼l, 5½l Time: 2m 11.74s (slow by 6.14s)

All eyes had been on the favourite beforehand, given he had been good enough to finish third in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York last season, but he had to settle for second best as Lord North put the race to bed with a decisive turn of foot a furlong from home. 

To his credit, Elarqam did rally late on to reduce his arrears to only a short-head at the line but Lord North, who was providing trainer John Gosden with a third winner in the race, looked to be idling in the closing stages and was full value for his victory. 

Having ended last season landing an almighty gamble in the Cambridgeshire, before returning to Newmarket just over a month later to score at Listed level, Lord North could now be set for another step up the ladder in  the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot later this month.

“He travelled very well into the race and when Rab asked him he picked up smartly. That looked a very strong race so it was pleasing he could win it first time out,” said Gosden’s son and assistant, Thady.

“He’s beaten the right horse, Elarqam is rated 120 so he is a proper Group One horse. He was coming right back at him at the finish, but our horse will probably benefit from the run. He needed it, but he should progress for it.

“He likes a bit of juice in the ground. We’ll see how he comes out of the race and go from there. I’d be surprised if he stayed any further than 10 furlongs.”

Hughie Morrison will have been pleased with Telecaster’s return, not far away in third, but Sangarius was slightly disappointing in fourth.ayed any further than 10 furlongs.”

Betway Brigadier Gerard Stakes
Winner: £20,983, 4yo plus, 1m 1f 209y, Class 1
5 ran
Going: Good to Soft

1 (9)      Lord North 4 9-0 John Gosden Robert Havlin 3/1
2 (5)
shd Elarqam 5 9-0 Mark Johnston Dane O'Neill 11/8F
3 (3)
Telecaster 4 9-0 Hughie Morrison David Probert 10/1
4 (6)
Sangarius 4 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute Daniel Tudhope 7/2
5 (8)
King Ottokar 4 9-0 Charlie Fellowes Kieran Shoemark 16/1
NR 1 (4) Bangkok 4 9-0 Andrew Balding NON RUNNER
NR 5 (1) Pivoine 6 9-0 Andrew Balding NON RUNNER
NR 7 (2) Spotify 6 9-0 Charlie Appleby NON RUNNER
NR 9 (7) Walkinthesand 4 9-0 Richard Hannon NON RUNNER