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Sandown Park

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

  • (Group 3) £50,000 added 4yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £28,385 2nd £10,760 3rd £5,385 4th £2,685
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 9.97s
  • Off time: 19:46:44

Full result

19:40 Sandown Park Result 26th May 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (1) Workforce 9-7 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 4 Evsf
Keen early, close up, headway and switched left to chase leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, asserted near near finish opened evs touched evs £1100-£1000(x3) £550-£500 £10000-£10000 £2000-£2000 £1000-£1000(x2)
2nd (2) 1 Poet 9-0 A Kirby C G Cox 6 16/1
Led and soon clear, ridden 2f out, soon edged right, headed inside final furlong, rallied briefly, kept on for clear 2nd opened 20/1 touched 20/1
3rd (8) 11 Jan Vermeer (IRE) 9-0 William Buick A P O'Brien 4 5/1
In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to go a never nearer 3rd inside final furlong opened 11/2 touched 11/2 £4800-£800 £2750-£500 £2000-£360 £1650-£300 £2500-£500(x2)
4th (5) Cavalryman 9-0 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 5 10/1
In rear, ridden and headway 2f out, no impression after opened 14/1 touched 14/1 £3200-£200
5th (4) ½ Afsare 9-0 K Fallon L M Cumani 4 12/1
Keen close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace opened 9/1 touched 12/1 £2800-£200
6th (3) s.h Elusive Pimpernel (USA) 9-0 E Ahern J L Dunlop 4 6/1
Held up, ridden and headway 2f out, no impression final furlong opened 13/2 touched 13/2
7th (7) 3 Distant Memories (IRE) 9-0 J P Spencer T P Tate 5 16/1
Chased clear winner, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out opened 16/1 touched 16/1
8th (9) 1 Black Spirit (USA) 9-0 L Morris C G Cox 4 16/1
Close up, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
NR (6) Sri Putra 9-0 N Callan R Varian 5

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.80 Tote Place: £1.10,4.90,1.80
Straight Forecast: £20.18 Exacta: £19.90 Trifecta: £120.50 Swingers: 1&2:6.50 2&3:11.30 1&3:1.90

Jackpot: £6,845.30, Pool: £14462.01, 1.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £21.80, Pool: £105375.63, 3513.11 winning tickets
Quadpot: £3.30, Pool: £6206.81, 1357.36 winning tickets

Verdict

A very satisfactory return to action for last year's Investec Derby and Arc hero WORKFORCE. Poet raced in a clear lead throughout but the winner was always travelling strongly for Ryan Moore. Crucially the leader began to lug to his right over a furlong out and Ryan Moore switched Workforce to the rail. He only needed one slap of the whip to assert and score win with authority despite his seven-pound penalty. He looked a picture beforehand, has filled out from last year, and clearly his sights will now be raised. It's good to have him backc. Poet seemed to be going a stride too fast through the early stages but this clearly wasn't the case and he was able to post a career best. The cut in the ground was very much in his favour. Jan Vermeer was held up in last and plugged on to take third, well adrift of the principals. He raced as though very much in need of a step up to a mile-and-a-half and a number of Aidan O'Brien's horses have made a significant step forward from their reappearance this season. The rest finished in a bunch. Cavalryman was never particularly travelling with any fluency, Afsare was never a factor and Elusive Pimpernel disappointed. Ten furlongs with give in the ground were expected to be his optimum conditions but having tracked the winner for much of the race, he proved very one-paced down the centre of the track through the final quarter of a mile.