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  • 19:55 Betfair Brigadier Gerard Stakes 1m 2f 7y

  • (Group 3) £55,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £31,190 2nd £11,825 3rd £5,918 4th £2,948
  • Going: Good to Firm (Good in Places on the Round Course)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 8.38s
  • Off time: 19:55:56

House back at Sandown

Ideal starting point for leading Royal colt

Last Updated: 30/05/12 1:18pm

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Carlton House: Reappears at Sandown in Thursday's Brigadier Gerard Stakes

Carlton House: Reappears at Sandown in Thursday's Brigadier Gerard Stakes

Carlton House is out to get his career back on track when he reappears in Thursday's Betfair Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown.

The four-year-old was sent off favourite for the Investec Derby last year after winning two of his three previous starts, including the Dante.

However, the Queen's colt did not enjoy an ideal passage at Epsom and was subsequently fourth in the Irish Derby at the end of last June.

That proved to be his final start of the year with trainer Sir Michael Stoute biding his time before bringing the Street Cry colt back to action this term.

Carlton House drops back to Group Three level here and tackles 10 furlongs as connections seek to get a handle on his optimum trip.

"We're really pleased to have him back and Sir Michael is very happy with him," said the Queen's racing manager, John Warren.

"This is a good starting point for him over 10 furlongs and a good opportunity to learn something about his trip, which is important on his first start. It is a good place to start and we will take it from there with him.

"Last year, Ryan Moore said he had tremendous speed and he won the Dante over 10 furlongs travelling well, but there's no reason not to keep all options open.

"Sir Michael is very happy with the way he's moving and he has shown a lot of patience to get him back."

Dreamer Primed

David Simcock's I'm A Dreamer arrives fit for action after finishing a slightly unlucky third at York last time.

The five-year-old was a Group Three winner over nine furlongs last term, but has also mixed it with the best over a mile, finishing fourth in the Sun Chariot Stakes last autumn.

Simcock is now planning a middle-distance campaign and feels this is a good opportunity, particularly as I'm A Dreamer receives a 3lb fillies' allowance.

"With a view to the future, we want to keep her to a mile and a quarter," he told At The Races.

"It's a long gap to the Pretty Polly (at the Curragh). There's nothing in between so we thought we'd take a chance and take on the colts. I think she'll go there and run very well.

Godolphin's Dubai World Cup winner was a surprise omission at the final declaration stage on Tuesday, with the team instead relying on Hunter's Light.

The four-year-old has won twice at Listed level for trainer Saeed bin Suroor but failed to sparkle at Chester on his reappearance, finishing a distant sixth in the Huxley Stakes.

Bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com: "Hunter's Light looks a better horse this year physically and I have been happy with him recently. He didn't handle the course at Chester and Sandown should suit him better."

More Needed

Hughie Morrison admits Sagramor has plenty to find as he enjoys a spin ahead of a planned Royal Ascot run next month.

The four-year-old is rated 21lb inferior to Carlton House but showed his mettle in handicap company last term when winning the Britannia Stakes at the Royal meeting.

He subsequently finished lame in the totesport Mile at Goodwood before putting up no sort of show in the Cambridgeshire, although Morrison felt there were excuses for those two runs.

He said: "He had a very nasty experience at Goodwood and injured himself in the stalls which took him some time to get over and then I think he just didn't enjoy the track at Newmarket.

"He also had a very hard race at Ascot and might not quite have got over that. We are very keen to run him, although, ideally, we wouldn't be starting in a Group Three and the options are limited for him.

"He needed a run both physically and mentally before Ascot last year and this is really the only choice for him. He will be entered in the Royal Hunt Cup and the Wolferton Stakes next month. Ideally he will run a nice race here and pick up some prize-money on the way to Ascot."

Just six go to post in Esher, with John Gosden's Gordon Richards Stakes winner Colombian and the Terry Clement-trained outsider Sos Brillante completing the field.

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