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Bay Bridge just brilliant in Brigadier Gerard

Bay Bridge looked a star in the making with a brilliant performance in the Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown Park.

A fine 2021 had seen Sir Michael Stoute’s charge unbeaten in four outings, culminating in a Listed victory at Newmarket in October having started the campaign in a novice event before moving to handicap company.

A 7-4 chance for his first Pattern-race assignment, Ryan Moore gave the four-year-old New Bay colt a patient ride as Addeybb took them along.

Mostahdaf (6-5 favourite) loomed looking to be going particularly sweetly three out – but just as soon as he took over Moore had the move covered and it was effectively all over once Bay Bridge was given the office a furlong from home.

He simply swept clear, accounting for Mostahdaf by five lengths to give Stoute – who has the favourite for the Derby in Desert Crown – a 12th success in the Group Three contest. In the process his odds for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot halved to 5-1 with Paddy Power, and to 4-1 for the Hardwicke Stakes.

Ryan Moore and Bay Bridge in full flight
Ryan Moore and Bay Bridge in full flight (John Walton/PA)

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.”

Moore said: “He picked up very nicely and went through the line well. He has won five on the spin now and seems to have stepped forward every time.

“You would be hopeful he would carry on doing that. I’m very happy with him. He is entitled to (go up to Group One company) as he has beaten some very solid horses there. Hopefully there is plenty to look forward to.

“He had a few issues last year, nothing major, he just had to wait but he has improved with every run.”

Stoute sights set on Sandown for Bay Bridge return

Bay Bridge, the exciting Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt who won all four of his starts last year, is set to make his seasonal bow in the Coral Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown.

Last May, the son of New Bay was an impressive four-length winner of Newbury’s London Gold Cup – traditionally one of the season’s most informative three-year-old handicaps – but as ante-post favourite, was ruled out of the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot with a foot abscess.

He returned in October to score in a competitive handicap at York and followed up with a workmanlike success in the Listed James Seymour Stakes at Newmarket.

Now, Bay Bridge will bid to give Stoute a record 12th success in the 10-furlong Group Three event at the Esher track on May 26.

Stoute said: “Bay Bridge is going to go to Sandown for the Brigadier Gerard.

“He is almost ready to come out. He has had a good preparation and now it is time to get down to work.

“We will worry about any targets after he runs at Sandown. As always, we take it one race at a time.”

Stoute is also mulling over options for Lights On, who impressed when beating Mutasaabeq by a neck in the Group Two bet365 Mile at Sandown.

The master of Freemason Lodge Stables is keeping an eye on the weather before making firm plans for the five-year-old daughter of Siyouni.

“Lights On did it really well at Sandown,” said Stoute. “She doesn’t want the ground too fast, so she will be ground dependent.

“She doesn’t need it soft, but she doesn’t want it quick, either.”

Lights On was a Sandown winner
Lights On was a Sandown winner (Simon Milham/PA)

Stoute is “still thinking” about her next possible target, which could include a possible tilt at the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, for which she is currently a general 20-1 chance.

However, he ruled her out of Epsom, adding: “We will have another Cheveley Park filly to go to Epsom.

“Potapova was beaten a short head at Kempton last time (in the Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes) and she will go to Epsom for the (Group Three) Princess Elizabeth Stakes (on June 4).”

Bay Bridge progress continues at Newmarket

Bay Bridge made it four wins in as many starts this year as he secured a first Listed success in the 888Sport What’s Your Thinking James Seymour Stakes at Newmarket.

Sir Michael Stoute’s runner secured a novice success on the all-weather back in April before seemingly booking his Royal Ascot ticket with victory in the London Gold Cup at Newbury the following month.

However, a setback saw him miss the showpiece meeting and he did not return until winning a York handicap at the start of October, a victory which proved a perfect springboard for this 10-furlong heat.

Partnered by Ryan Moore, Bay Bridge (6-5 favourite) was made to work hard by an admirable campaigner in Majestic Dawn, eventually prevailing by half a length.

Stoute said: “That was a tough test on that sort of ground as he is still getting his strength, but his attitude is good. His attitude has been good all along.

“He had the break after Newbury as he had a little niggle. We hope he could go for a Group Three as he is a progressive horse and has a good mind.

“I think he will get a mile and a half.”

Zakouski (11-8 favourite) over came a lengthy absence to win the 888Sport What’s Your Thinking Ben Marshall Stakes for Charlie Appleby and William Buick for the second successive year.

Off the track since winning a Group Two at Meydan in February, Zakouski made short work of beating the popular Stormy Antarctic by three and a half lengths in the Listed contest.

Appleby said: “We came into the race on the back of a big break, but we knew he was fit enough to come here as he had done some good home work.

“On ratings he was the clear pick on what he has achieved. It was lovely ground out there.

“It is nice to finish with a win from our last runner of the year at Newmarket as it has been a great season here.”

Trainer Ed Walker may have been out of luck with Stormy Antarctic, but Kawida made sure the stable did not go home empty handed by winning the British Stallion Studs EBF Montrose Fillies’ Stakes.

The 9-2 chance needed every yard of the mile to get on top, eventually beating 80-1 shot Flash Betty by half a length in the hands of Tom Marquand, despite hanging a bit in the finish.

Marquand said: “She is definitely not 100 per cent straightforward, but clearly there is loads of ability there. That tendency just to lug, she will wean herself out of it as she races more.

“She does it at home and at the races. It is not like she has suddenly just done it today. Hopefully it is an experience thing.”

Golden Lyra (8-1) impressed with a five-length victory in the second division of the Prestige Vehicles British EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes.

Hailing from a top-class German family that includes the likes of Sea The Moon, Samum and Schiaperelli, the Lope De Vega filly was following in the hoofprints of half-brother Going Gone, who was a winner for Jim Boyle at the track on Friday.

Andy McIntyre, assistant to winning trainer William Haggas, said: “Cieren Fallon was very happy. She was very well balanced coming down the hill and she took it all in well.

“She was very sharp out of the stalls but that was not her ground and she will be better on better ground. Her stride length was lovely.

“Her half-brother Going Gone won here yesterday and she has done that very well.”