Today's racecards

Sandown Park

  • 19:40 Piper Heidsieck Champagne Brigadier Gerard Stakes 1m 2f 7y

  • Winner £28,385 2nd £10,760 3rd £5,385 4th £2,685
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 9.97s
  • Off time: 19:46:44
19:40 Sandown Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Workforce Evs
2nd Poet 16/1
3rd Jan Vermeer (IRE) 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (1) 1/2151- Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Workforce 235
Nag me
4 9-7 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 128 Evs2.00
2 (4) 2111-6 Yellow, large Black spots and spots on cap Afsare 33
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-0 L M Cumani K Fallon 113 12/113.00
3 (9) 15346-2 RED, WHITE sleeves, BLUE and WHITE striped cap Black Spirit (USA) 33
Nag meCourse Winner
4 9-0 t C G Cox L Morris 110 16/117.00
4 (5) 504383- Royal blue Cavalryman 221
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor L Dettori 115 10/111.00
5 (7) 12313-2 Pink, Emerald Green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Distant Memories (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-0 T P Tate J P Spencer 114 16/117.00
6 (3) 112/15-3 Red and Yellow (halved), White cap Elusive Pimpernel (USA) 42
Nag meBeaten Favourite
4 9-0 J L Dunlop E Ahern 115 6/17.00
7 (8) 11/1433- Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Jan Vermeer (IRE) 316
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-0 A P O'Brien William Buick 115 5/16.00
8 (2) 31342-3 RED, BLACK stars, RED sleeves Poet 40
Nag meDistance Winner
6 9-0 C G Cox A Kirby 114 16/117.00
Non runners
9 (6)22280-2Sri Putra59-0R VarianN Callan113

Verdict

Favourites have an appalling recent record in this contest and, conceding 7lb to his rivals and over a trip short of his best, it would be no surprise if Derby and Arc hero Workforce found a couple too good on his reappearance. Jan Vermeer has more than 11 lengths to find with Sir Michael Stoute's colt on Epsom form last year, however, while Cavalryman was more than seven lengths behind the top weight at Longchamp, though is probably better suited by this distance. Elusive Pimpernel has always been held in high regard but again disappointed at Newmarket last month, while Black Spirit has still to win over 1m2f after five attempts though was a long way in front of Afsare in the Gordon Richards Stakes over C&D last month. Poet would prefer softer ground, though did reverse earlier Newbury running with Distant Memories at Haydock in August but we fancy SIR PUTRA to go close at a big price. Roger Varian's five-year-old has two ways of running, as he proved when last in this 12 months ago and beaten at odds-on on his reappearance at Lingfield. But he's also capable of smart form at this level and wouldn't be far away if reproducing his close second to Twice Over over C&D in last year's Coral-Eclipse.