Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes
|Group 3, Haydock Park 19:25
1m 1f 209y, Class 1
1 Bay Bridge 7/4
2 Mostahdaf 6/5F
3 Addeybb 9/2
5 ran NR: Passion And Glory Distances: 5l, 1l, 5l
Time: 2m 8.10s (slow by 1.10s)
Bay Bridge delivers a dominant performance in the @Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes for Sir Michael Stoute, Ryan Moore and @BallylinchStud pic.twitter.com/JcUE2LjGnG https://t.co/cb6cOVkv44 via @RacingBetter— RacingBetter (@RacingBetter) May 29, 2022
Jockey Ryan Moore didn’t have to get too serious with the 7-4 shot, which was only his seventh career start.
Bay Bridge has now won its last five races and Stoute’s patience with the lightly raced four-year-old could reap the rewards of the summer’s major middle-distance events.
Moore said, “You’d be happy with what he was doing there. It was his first run of the year, he picked up really nicely and crossed the line well.
“He had some problems last year and we had to wait. He seems to step forward every time. I am hopeful that he can continue to do so. He’s beaten some very solid horses, so there’s plenty to look forward to.”
James Wigan, who owns the winner in company with Ballylinch Stud, said: “He is such a big, strong boy that we rather thought in the paddock that he might need the race, so we are particularly pleased.
“We have always thought a lot of him and Sir Michael’s been very complimentary about him, so it is a very nice surprise.
“I think everybody is pleased with that. Until they run, you don’t know (how fit they are).
“He is in the Prince of Wales’s and the Hardwicke. We will ask Sir Michael what he thinks, but I think we will will probably be inclined to stick to a mile and a quarter at the moment. I think we would have thought he would go to Group One level, and he has won a Group Three with some good horses in the race today.
“Ryan said he did it well and showed a good turn of foot. He didn’t have to get too serious with him and he is a very exciting prospect.
“What excited me was the way he quickened away from good horses. He was sitting there going easily and you could see Ryan did not want to expose him too early and he was keeping him in. There was obviously something in the tank and he didn’t know what.”
He added: “We thought there was something special in him last year and Ballylinch bought into him in the winter. It is very nice for them too. You feel a bit guilty if you sell a half share in a horse and it doesn’t work.
“I would have thought on the dam’s side a mile and a half would be within reach. Wait for the trainer – he knows about these things.”
Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes
£80,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 1m 1f 209y, Class 1
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (4) Bay Bridge 4 9-2 Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore 7/4
2 (6) 5 Mostahdaf 4 9-5 John & Thady Gosden Jim Crowley 6/5F
3 (2) 1 Addeybb 8 9-2 William Haggas Tom Marquand 9/2
4 (3) 5 Dubai Future 6 9-2 Saeed bin Suroor Pat Cosgrave 28/1
5 (5) 2 Lord Glitters 9 9-7 David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope 25/1
NR 6 (1) Passion And Glory 6 9-2 Saeed bin Suroor NON RUNNER
Recent Brigadier Gerard Stakes Winners
2021 – EUCHEN GLEN (20/1)
2020 – LORD NORTH (3/1)
2019 – REGAL REALITY (9/4)
2018 – POET’S WORD (4/6 fav)
2017 – AUTOCRATIC (8/1)
2016 – TIME TEST (3/1)
2015 – WESTERN HYMN (11/4)
2014 – SHARESTAN (5/6 fav)
2013 – MUKHADRAM (3/1)
2012 – CARLTON HOUSE (10/11 fav)
2011 – WORKFORCE (Evs fav)
2010 – STOTSFOLD (7/1)
2009 – CIMA DE TRIOMPHE (4/1)
2008 – SMOKEY OAKEY (20/1)
2007 – TAKE A BOW (11/1)
2006 – NOTNOWCATO (5/4 fav)
2005 – NEW MORNING (12/1)
2004 – BANDARI (7/2)
2003 – SIGHTS ON GOLD (7/1)