The Betfair Brigadier Gerard Meeting At Sandown.

Some of you will be no doubt waiting for the big Races starting on Friday, and then on Saturday at the beautiful Epsom Racecourse.

There are a stack of top-notch races starting this Big Royal Weekend, like – The Diomed Stakes, The Oaks, The Surrey Stakes, and The Achilles Stakes at Haydock on Friday.

With The Jubilee Handicap, The Woodcote Stakes, The Coronation Cup, The Derby From Epsom, and the Jury Stakes, Pinnacle Stakes, Sandy Lane Stakes and The Grosvenor Casinos Stakes from Haydock on Saturday

But!……..

We have a treat today!

The Betfair Brigadier Gerard meeting at Sandown is one of the best evening cards the UK racing calendar, but is a touch low key, and sometimes gets lost in the limelight of the Oaks and Derby.

There are four high class stakes races The PJA Doctor National Stakes, Heron Stakes the Group 2 Henry II Stakes and the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes.

The meeting is named after a horse called Brigadier Gerard, who is in turn, named after the stories of the ultra-vain Etienne Gerard, whose character was a Hussar in the French Army during the Napoleonic Wars, in a set of books created by British writer Arthur Conan Doyle.

The horse on the other hand – Brigadier Gerard, was one of the most successful British horses of the last century winning 17 of his 18 races. His blood-line had some high level winners, and he was a descendant of Pretty Polly, as well as others. He was a horse of gentle character, but hard-as-nuts on the racecourse, as he won many races from 1970, and is remembered here today.

So lets look at the main races themselves -

The Heron Stakes is open to three-year-olds, over a distance of 1 mile, and is a race that has done the rounds between many racecourses before settling at Sandown Park in 2007.

This is a lovely, but tricky race, where quite a few of the horses have little form, and the ones to concentrate on will be on the up and up.

The Henry II Stakes is open to horses aged four years or plus, over a distance of 2 miles, and was named after Henry II, who built a priory on the site of Sandown Park in the 12th century.

A nice bit of history!

Horses entered in this race can go on to run in the next month’s Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, and this is the case for the ex Micheal Jarvis – now Mahmood Al Zarooni‘s Opinion Poll, who looks a nice fit for this race, and will be in the frame.

The big race is the Brigadier Gerard Stakes which is open to horses aged four years plus, over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs, and was named after the famous horse from the 70′s (See above)

The favourite for the race is The Queens horse Carlton House, who let us all down for a few bob last year in the Derby, and whilst he is a skinny price, he is still not up to scratch. The selection for this race is a Premium on-line/text Tip.

All the other races at Sandown are of good quality too, and most of the tips today come from their card. Whatta nice meeting to warm us up for the Oaks and Derby over the next few days.

Enjoy!

The Jag.

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