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Brigadier Gerard Stakes

Group 3 race
Brigadier Gerard Stakes
Location Sandown Park
Esher, England
Inaugurated 1953
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Blue Square
Website Sandown Park
Race information
Distance 1m 2f 7y (2,018 m)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
7 lb for Group 1 winners *
5 lb for Group 2 winners *
3 lb for Group 3 winners *
* since August 31 last year
Purse £65,000 (2009)
1st: £36,900

The Brigadier Gerard Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run at Sandown Park over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 7 yards (2,018 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late May or early June.

The race was established in 1953, and it was originally called the Coronation Stakes. This was to commemorate that year's coronation of a new British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. The event was given its present title in 1973, in honour of Brigadier Gerard, a recently-retired champion racehorse. Brigadier Gerard won all but one of his eighteen races, and two of his victories, the Westbury Stakes and the Eclipse Stakes, were at Sandown Park.

Contents

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Chamier – 1954, 1955
  • Tacitus – 1963, 1964
  • Jellaby – 1977, 1979

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Lester PiggottArctic Explorer (1958), Petite Etoile (1961), Anne's Pretender (1976), Gregorian (1980), Adonijah (1984), Commanche Run (1985)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • Noel MurlessArctic Explorer (1958), Petite Etoile (1961), Busted (1967), Royal Palace (1968), Connaught (1969), Pembroke Castle (1971)

Winners since 1977

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Time
1977 Jellaby 4 Brian Taylor Ryan Price
1978 Gunner B 5 Joe Mercer Henry Cecil
1979 Jellaby 6 Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn
1980 Gregorian 4 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien
1981 no race 1981 [1]
1982 Kalaglow 4 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 2:02.14
1983 Stanerra 5 Brian Rouse Frank Dunne
1984 Adonijah 4 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1985 Commanche Run 4 Lester Piggott Luca Cumani
1986 Bedtime 6 Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:09.43
1987 Mtoto 4 Michael Roberts Alec Stewart 2:06.55
1988 Highland Chieftain 5 Willie Carson John Dunlop 2:10.01
1989 Hibernian Gold 4 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 2:08.66
1990 Husyan 4 Willie Carson Peter Walwyn 2:09.26
1991 Stagecraft 4 Steve Cauthen Michael Stoute 2:07.75
1992 Opera House 4 Steve Cauthen Michael Stoute 2:08.68
1993 Red Bishop 5 Michael Roberts John Gosden 2:08.83
1994 Chatoyant 4 Michael Kinane Bill Watts 2:07.52
1995 Alriffa 4 Pat Eddery Richard Hannon 2:12.15
1996 Pilsudski 4 Pat Eddery Michael Stoute 2:06.76
1997 Bosra Sham 4 Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 2:07.37
1998 Insatiable 5 Michael Kinane Michael Stoute 2:09.99
1999 Chester House 4 Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 2:06.54
2000 Shiva 5 Richard Quinn Henry Cecil 2:13.90
2001 Border Arrow 6 Frankie Dettori Ian Balding 2:08.69
2002 Potemkin 4 Dane O'Neill Richard Hannon 2:09.97
2003 Sights on Gold 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 2:07.68
2004 Bandari 5 Willie Supple Mark Johnston 2:10.65
2005 New Morning 4 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis 2:08.01
2006 Notnowcato 4 Michael Kinane Sir Michael Stoute 2:13.92
2007 Take a Bow 6 Jim Crowley Patrick Chamings 2:08.75
2008 Smokey Oakey 4 Jimmy Quinn Mark Tompkins 2:11.57
2009 Cima de Triomphe 4 Christophe Lemaire Luca Cumani 2:06.60
2010 Stotsfold 7 Adam Kirby Walter Swinburn 2:05.73

1 The 1981 running was abandoned because of a waterlogged course.

Earlier winners

  • 1953 - Guersant
  • 1954 - Chamier
  • 1955 - Chamier
  • 1956 - Tribord
  • 1957 - Gilles de Retz
  • 1958 - Arctic Explorer
  • 1959 - Aggressor
  • 1960 - Lucky Guy
  • 1962 - Cipriani
  • 1963 - Tacitus
  • 1964 - Tacitus
  • 1965 - Philanderer
  • 1966 - Super Sam
  • 1967 - Busted
  • 1969 - Connaught
  • 1970 - Hotfoot
  • 1971 - Pembroke Castle
  • 1972 - Stubb's Gazette
  • 1973 - Scottish Rifle
  • 1974 - Ksar
  • 1975 - Rymer
  • 1976 - Anne's Pretender


References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Brigadier Gerard Stakes (2009).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 48. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

See also

  • Recurring events established in 1953 – the Brigadier Gerard Stakes is included under its original title, Coronation Stakes.



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