Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Sunday's Brigadier Gerard Stakes, which takes place at Haydock this year, and pick out their 1-2-3...
1. Bangkok (Andrew Balding/Silvestre de Sousa)
Exuberant sort who was second on three of his last four starts in 2019 before scoring impressively in a listed contest at Lingfield (all of his wins have come at around this trip) in February. Again proved too keen for his own good in the Winter Derby when last seen and looks vulnerable in a hot Group 3.
2. Elarqam (Mark Johnston/Dane O'Neill)
Bred to be something out of the ordinary (by Frankel out of Attraction) and came of age last season with three wins at around this trip in listed/Group 2 races before producing a mighty effort in defeat when third behind Japan in the Juddmonte at York, looking as if he may have gone close with more luck in running. Could have more in the locker this year and his rivals wouldn't want to give him too much rope in front at a venue where front-runners can be difficult to peg back.
3. King Ottokar (Charlie Fellowes/Kieran Shoemark)
Developed into a smart three-year-old last season, winning a strong Newbury minor event over this trip on his return and running a mighty race when third behind Sangarius in the Hampton Court at Royal Ascot. Could do even better at four, though some rain would help his cause.
4.Lord North (John Gosden/Robert Havlin)
Deeply impressive when landing a punt in the Cambridgeshire (9f) in September and maintained that very smart form in two runs after, coming clear over this trip in the mud back at Newmarket on his final start. He is only seven runs into his career and it would be no surprise if he has yet to peak.
5. Pivoine (Andrew Balding/Rob Hornby)
Struck gold once more at York last season, winning the John Smith's Cup over this trip, and he has not been seen to best effect on a few occasions since. Capable of picking up a minor Group race, though this could be a strong one.
6. Sangarius (Sir Michael Stoute/Daniel Tudhope)
Created a good impression at two, his first defeat coming in a hot Dewhurst, and he took his form to another level in just two appearances last season fitted with a tongue tie. He finished a promising third to King of Comedy on his return at Sandown and then quickened well to win the Hampton Court over this trip at Royal Ascot. Looks a high-class performer in the making and this could be a good opening for him to kick off what could be a stellar campaign. Missed engagement at Newmarket on Friday in favour of this, and yard have an excellent record in the race.
7. Spotify (Charlie Appleby/James Doyle)
Smart performer who did well on the polytrack in France and immediately fired for this trainer with victories in a 1½m handicap and Group 3 over this trip at Meydan early in 2019. All his ability remains judged on his two runs back there this year (fine third in Group 1 latest) and he can't be discounted.
8. Telecaster (Hughie Morrison/David Probert)
Looked a colt of huge potential when beating Too Darn Hot and Japan in the Dante last year on the back of his breakthrough success at Windsor. Struggled in the Derby and Eclipse thereafter but good chance he can yet do better in 2020 if all is well.
9. Walkinthesand (Richard Hannon/Sean Levey)
Tall colt who proved himself a smart performer when winning a handicap at Newmarket (by length from Korcho) in 2019. Respectable two and three quarter lengths third to Fox Tal in minor event at Doncaster final start, but unlikely to be good enough to trouble the principals here.
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Timeform Brigadier Gererd Stakes Analyst Preview
ELARQAM came of age last year and looks set for another good campaign, his name possibly on a Group 1 down the line. Dane O'Neill is unbeaten on him and can make it 4-4. The exciting Sangarius would be a ready alternative if bypassing Friday's Newmarket engagement. Telecaster may get back on the up, while Lord North is another lively player in a red-hot Group 3.