Racehorse Lotto Brigadier Gerard Stakes
Group 3, Haydock Park 19:42
£80,000 guaranteed,
4yo plus,
1m 1f 209y, Class 1   
Thursday 25th May 2023

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1 Hukum 5/1
2 Desert Crown 2/5F
3 Solid Stone 16/1
6 ran Distances: ½l, 4½l, ¾l
Time: 2m 8.92s (slow by 1.92s)

The Owen Burrows-trained Hukum overcame his own lengthy absence to deny last year’s Derby winner Desert Crown for a somewhat surprising victory.

Hukum is now six and his career looked over after he picked up what looked a career-ending injury in winning the Coronation Cup 12 months ago.

The decision was taken to keep him in training and that now looks inspired, as Jim Crowley – who briefly looked boxed in – got Hukum flying late on to win by half a length in an enthralling battle up the Sandown hill.

Desert Crown had been kept off the track by his own injury – for 355 days to Hukum’s 356 – after his famous Epsom success on what was just his third ever outing.

Following his tried and tested route with his top-class older horses, Sir Michael Stoute was looking for a 12th win in the race and connections were happy going into the Group Three feature.

Settled in fifth by Richard Kingscote as stablemate and pacemaker Solid Stone led at a steady gallop, he was set something of a test but breezed into the lead a furlong out only to be reeled in late on by the 5-1 winner.

While Stoute will no doubt be left scratching his head his former assistant Burrows will be dreaming of a big summer.

Trainers Quotes

QuinnBet cut Hukum – who is a full-brother to the brilliant Baaeed – to 14-1 from 25s for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Desert Crown now the same price from 8s.

Burrows said: “I’m a bit speechless as I didn’t envisage that sort of performance. Jim had touched on it a few times this year when he had ridden him work that he felt a bit quicker this year. It looks like he has developed a bit of speed from somewhere. 

“He needed a couple of gallops last week because he is so well that I didn’t want him to become too fresh.

“It has worked out brilliantly. This was a prep run for the Hardwicke (at Royal Ascot), but it is vital he does have good ground, the fast side of good, we’d have to have a think.

“I’ve always said he’s not a slow horse. He’s win over a mile and six, he’s always shown speed at home, but until you see it on the track.

“We will have to have a bit of a rethink maybe. I don’t see the plans changing too much.

“We were only a pound behind him (Desert Crown) on ratings.”


Reflecting further, he said: “Plenty have come back from an injury like his, but he was a five-year-old that had just won a Group One and I didn’t think it would be in the realms that he could come back. Sheikha Hissa very sportingly said if his rehab goes well we will send him back to you.

“To get a Group win over a mile and a quarter adds to his CV as he probably got pigeon-holed a bit as a slow horse. As Jim mentioned, it is vitally important there is nice good safe ground and credit to Andrew (Cooper, clerk of the course, he has produced that for us today.

“It was important to get a run into him today as there are not a lot of options left before Royal Ascot and as I touched on he has been so well and full of it. He is not a hooligan, but he is so bullish. He was ready to go and it was important to get that run into him.

“He was my first Royal Ascot winner. He went to Dubai and won on Super Saturday which was massive for us. He was my first Group One winner. I will find it hard to replace him when the time comes when he does head off to stud. He has been a star for the whole team and is an absolute legend.”


An impressed Crowley said: “I’ve been riding him work at home and said to Richard (Hills) and Owen, that’s the best he’s ever been. To say that about a six-year-old, who had been showing a bit of speed at home, who, don’t forget, had won over a mile and six and a mile and a half, that was a very good performance tonight.

“We thought he was finished. Owen has brought him back, it is a hell of a training performance and everyone at Shadwell has done well to get him back. He is just a proper horse and hopefully he can add to his Group One tally.

“To beat a Derby winner, who got first run on me, it was a mile and quarter, things were not really in our favour, but I think when he goes back to a mile and half, he will be as good, if not better. It was nice to see him win like that.

“I’d love to see him in a King George in the summer, a wet King George, as I think that would be his thing. It is nice to get him back.”

“It is amazing. When he gets that toe in a bit, he’s a machine.”

Brigadier Gerard Stakes
£80,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 1m 1f 209y, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

1 (2)    Hukum 6 9-2 Owen Burrows Jim Crowley 5/1
2 (6)
½ Desert Crown 4 9-2 Sir Michael Stoute Richard Kingscote 2/5F
3 (1)
Solid Stone p 250 C D 7 9-2 Sir Michael Stoute 73 Ryan Moore 16/1
4 (3) ¾ Cash 4 9-2 David Simcock Jamie Spencer 10/1
5 (5)
Chichester 6 9-2 Keith Dalgleish 80/1
6 (4)
40 Claymore 4 9-2 Jane Chapple-Hyam William Buick 18/1


Recent Brigadier Gerard Stakes Winners

2022 – BAY BRIDGE (7/4)
2021 – EUCHEN GLEN (20/1)
2020 – LORD NORTH (3/1)
2019 – REGAL REALITY (9/4)
2018 – POET’S WORD (4/6 fav)
2017 – AUTOCRATIC (8/1)
2016 – TIME TEST (3/1)
2015 – WESTERN HYMN (11/4)
2014 – SHARESTAN (5/6 fav)
2013 – MUKHADRAM (3/1)
2012 – CARLTON HOUSE (10/11 fav)
2011 – WORKFORCE (Evs fav)
2010 – STOTSFOLD (7/1)
2009 – CIMA DE TRIOMPHE (4/1)
2008 – SMOKEY OAKEY (20/1)
2007 – TAKE A BOW (11/1)
2006 – NOTNOWCATO (5/4 fav)
2005 – NEW MORNING (12/1)
2004 – BANDARI (7/2)
2003 – SIGHTS ON GOLD (7/1)