Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Thursday's Brigadier Gerard Stakes, and pick out their 1-2-3...
"...Just the type his trainer excels with and will prove hard to beat..."
Timeform on Poet's Word
1. AIR PILOT (Ralph Beckett/Harry Bentley)
A grand servant for connections who had his optimum conditions when winning both the Prix Exbury at Saint-Cloud in March and the Prix d'Harcourt at Longchamp (by one and three quarter lengths from Royal Julius) in April. Below form when beaten over 10 lengths by Cracksman in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp last time, and faces hard task here giving weight away all round.
2. DESERT ENCOUNTER (David Simcock/Jamie Spencer)
Very smart performer who progressed nicely last season, winning a listed race at Ascot and the Legacy Cup at Newbury. Not disgraced when beaten nine and three quarter lengths by Cracksman in the Champion Stakes at Ascot on final start in 2017, but below form on reappearance in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March. His best effort to date came over this C&D when third in the Eclipse last season, so folly to ignore after two months off.
3. FABRICATE (Michael Bell/James Doyle)
Smart performer who made a winning reappearance in a listed race at Kempton (by two and a quarter lengths from Autocratic) in March and went on to finish a good short head to Crystal Ocean in the Gordon Richards Stakes over this C&D last time. It is probably presumptive to say he improved, more a case that he was at full force when others weren't quite, but Crystal Ocean has won in impressive fashion since, and he merits respect.
4. LARAAIB (Owen Burrows/Jim Crowley)
Rangy colt who won his first three starts last season, namely a maiden at Chepstow, and handicaps at Haydock and at Ascot (by two lengths from Banditry). Met with his first defeat when five and three quarter lengths third to Frankuus in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock on his final start, but that needn't spell the end of the progressive road for him. Type to progress again as a four-year-old and not to be underestimated.
5. POET'S WORD (Sir Michael Stoute/Ryan Moore)
Very smart performer who won the Glorious Stakes at Goodwood before finishing runner-up in both the Irish Champion Stakes and Champion Stakes (seven lengths behind Cracksman) in 2017. Not disgraced in the Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin after and added another Group 1 second to his tally when runner-up in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan on his final start. Just the type his trainer excels with and will prove hard to beat.
Timeform Brigadier Gerard Stakes Analyst Verdict
No obvious pace on here, but POET'S WORD is favoured by the weights and a trio of runner-up efforts in Group 1 company mark him down as the one to beat for a yard with a tremendous record in the race. Laraaib has achieved the least of these so far, but is very much the type to progress again as a 4-y-o, so is feared most.
Timeform Brigadier Gerard Stakes 1-2-3
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