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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 party at Sandown

Carlton stars for The Queen

Last Updated: 31/05/12 8:34pm

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Carlton House: Sandown winner

Carlton House: Sandown winner

Carlton House (10-11 favourite) made an accomplished return from a long absence by claiming the Betfair Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt, owned by Her Majesty The Queen, had not been sighted since finishing fourth in the Irish Derby last June, but looked the essence of vitality in Esher.

Last season's beaten Derby favourite was perhaps a little too keen to get on with things, virtually from the start, as Colombian's early pace was sedate at best.

I'm A Dreamer came through to lead two furlongs out, closely followed by Hunter's Light on her outside.

But Carlton House bisected that duo as they sprinted inside the final furlong to collect by a length and three-quarters in the hands of Ryan Moore.

Sagramor (25-1) flew at the death to finish second.

Stoute said: "We had him as fit as we could without taking any chances. "He used up a little too much energy early on because the gallop wasn't strong enough, but he wanted it.

"We wouldn't go more than 10 (furlongs) at this stage.

"I didn't feel too much pressure coming into this evening. I came here hopeful.

"They weren't serious problems last year, but they were enough to prevent him from racing.

"It was pretty hard to prepare him for a Derby when his foot was in an ice bucket morning, noon and night.

"He was very fresh today. When he went through the gap he filled up again as it wasn't a strong gallop.

"We'll go for the Prince of Wales's (Royal Ascot) next and take it one step at a time."

Moore said: "I was very happy with him. He was fresh early but they weren't going quick.

"He got the gap and went through it, he always tries his hardest.

"That was only his sixth race so you'd like to think he'll keep on improving."

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