Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on Thursday evening.
"...She very much remains a Group 1 filly in the making and should make a winning return before moving back up in grade."
Brigadier Gerard Stakes
Thursday 25th May 19:35
1. Algometer (David Simcock/Jim Crowley)
Generally progressive sort last season who showed smart form when winning 11f Group 3 at Newbury in September. Below form when down the field in the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Bayern at Munich on his final start, but this lightly-raced four-year-old could have more to offer this season. However, this trip looks a bare minimum on return and he has to shoulder a 3 lb penalty.
2. Steel of Madrid (Richard Hannon/Pat Dobbs)
Had a couple of strong pieces of form at three - which gave him more of a chance than the market suggested - but he still showed improved form when winning the Earl of Sefton Stakes on return at Newmarket last month. He looked fully tuned up beforehand, and was well positioned throughout, and likely more needed to follow up under a 3 lb penalty.
3. Autocratic (Sir Michael Stoute/Ryan Moore)
Good sort who signed off last season with a near-smart effort when winning a York handicap in October. He was stepped up into Group 3 company for his return, but looked nowhere near ready beforehand, and ran accordingly when over 10 lengths behind Steel of Madrid. This well-bred four-year-old is very much the sort his stable excels with, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he came on a bundle for that run, so it's far too soon to be writing him off.
4. Baydar (Hugo Palmer/William Buick)
Just kept on improving in handicaps last year, completing a four-timer at Newbury in September. Strong in the market when stepped up to listed company at Newmarket in October and, as usual he went with little fluency, off the bridle a long way out, but totally lacking the response to pressure that typified his handicap four-timer. That string of hard races perhaps left their mark, and he is entitled to progress again this year, though yard form at present is a slight concern.
5. Mondialiste (David O'Meara/Daniel Tudhope)
Did well on his travels last year, winning the Arlington Million in August and finished a creditable fourth in the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes at Keeneland on his next start. He took a couple of runs to find his feet last year and connections will be hoping the same applies this time round as he's been a little disappointing both starts to date.
6. Red Verdon (Ed Dunlop/Adam Kirby)
Progressed all the way through his three-year-old campaign, and he wasn't disgraced in Group 1s on his final three starts. Shaped as if better for the run when sixth (beaten over 10 lengths) in the Ormonde Stakes on return this month, not settling fully, and he's entitled to come on for that, but the yard are rather quiet at the minute.
7. Chain of Daisies (Henry Candy/Fergus Sweeney)
Likeable front runner who has won six of her last 10 starts. She narrowly edged out Ulysses (won a Group 3 mpressively on his return this year) in the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor on her final start. This tall, useful-looking mare looks the only pace in this race on paper, and she will be dangerous if allowed her own way on the front end (made all over C&D sole start here), so it would be folly to ignore her claims.
8. So Mi Dar (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori)
Won the Musidora Stakes at York in impressive fashion last May, but unable to take her chance in the Oaks (a general second favourite) due to injury. Encouragingly overcame a four-month absence when winning Yarmouth listed event on her next start and only narrowly lost her unbeaten record in the Prix de l'Opera at Chantilly in October. However, she very much remains a Group 1 filly in the making and should make a winning return before moving back up in grade.
Timeform Brigadier Gerard Stakes 1-2-3
1. So Mi Dar
3. Chain of Daisies
Timeform Brigadier Gerard Stakes Analyst's Verdict
SO MI DAR looks the class act here and she's confidently selected to make a winning return before stepping back up to Group 1 level. Mondialiste took a couple of runs to find his form last year so can't be written off yet, while Chain of Daisies' Group 3 win at Windsor in August is solid form.