Brigadier Gerard Stakes 2016: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

The Brigadier Gerard Stakes takes place at Sandown on Thursday
The Brigadier Gerard Stakes takes place at Sandown on Thursday

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the 2016 Brigadier Gerard at Sandown.

"[He's] Timeform top rated and hard to beat, with the step back up in trip in his favour."

Brigadier Gerard Stakes
Thursday May 26, 19:40

Time Test (Roger Charlton) - Won handicap at Newbury, Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot and Joel Stakes at Newmarket last term. Never dangerous both starts in Group 1s, in Juddmonte International at York and Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland (drawn widest; ground softer than ideal) final start in 2015. Royal Ascot again the main target and 5 lb penalty makes life tough, but impossible to discount.

Fire Fighting (Mark Johnston) - Kept very busy last season but not seemingly to his detriment, recording wins in three of his final five starts. Promising reappearance second in Easter Classic AW Middle Distance Championships Stakes at Lingfield in March and put below-form effort in Huxley Stakes behind him when 5½ lengths fifth of 10 to Barsanti in handicap at York last time.

Intilaaq (Roger Varian) - Well-made colt who progressed well last season, winning maiden and a listed race at Newbury, plus Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock. Run best overlooked when 3¼ lengths eighth of 15 to Real Steel in Dubai Turf at Meydan last time, racing keenly out wide, and remains open to improvement this term. Timeform top rated and hard to beat, with the step back up in trip in his favour.

Niceofyoutotellme (Ralph Beckett) - 2014 Suffolk Stakes winner and better than ever in 2015 despite no win from eight starts, recording his highest rating when third in this race. Should come on for Newmarket reappearance, where he shaped as if needing the run, and better expected here with his stable in excellent form.

Not So Sleepy (Hugh Morrison) - 2015 Dee Stakes winner who was subsequently last in Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot before bouncing back to form with Group 3 fourth at Windsor. Spent final three runs of last season in France (same yard; usual tongue tie missing), though to little effect. Needs to improve significantly to feature here.

Scottish (Charlie Appleby) - Progressed steadily in 2015, winning maiden at Newbury and listed race at Ayr on final start, with creditable placed efforts in King George V handicap and Gordon Stakes in-between. Snapped up by Godolphin following that Ayr run and has first start today for Charlie Appleby, having left Andrew Balding. Strong traveller who shouldn't be underestimated.

Western Hymn (John Gosden) - Course specialist who won Gordon Richards Stakes and this race in 2015, however couldn't win the former on reappearance this season, finishing second to subsequent Prix d'Ispahan fifth My Dream Boat. Filled the same position when not seen to best effect behind Cannock Chase in Huxley Stakes at Chester last time, short of room on home turn and conceding first run. Not straightforward (carries head awkwardly) but sound form claims.

Timeform Brigadier Gerard Stakes 1-2-3
1. Intilaaq
2. Time Test
3. Western Hymn

Timeform Analyst's Verdict
A strong renewal with INTILAAQ and Time Test both probably Group 1-class, the former narrowly preferred in receipt of 5 lb. Last year's winner Western Hymn looks best of the others.

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