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BRIGADIER GERARD STAKES PREVIEW: Extra Elusive set to represent Roger Charlton at Sandown

The 2021 renewal of the Brigadier Gerard Stakes takes place this Thursday and features two former Kempton winners

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2CAPYM2 Extra Elusive ridden by Hollie Doyle wins The BetVictor Rose Of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock Park Racecourse, Haydock.

Former Kempton victor Extra Elusive will repartner Hollie Doyle in Thursday’s Brigadier Gerard Stakes, which will be honoured in memory of the late Joe Mercer.

WATCH: EXTRA ELUSIVE BIDS FOR MORE GROUP 3 SUCCESS IN THE BRIGADIER GERARD AFTER HIS ROSE OF LANCASTER SUCCESS LAST SEASON [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Rated 113, the chestnut horse can replicate Tribal Craft, the other previous Kempton successor who took the Bronte Stakes at York last weekend.

The Mastercraftsman gelding was successful in Sunbury-on-Thames back in August 2018 and scored a Group 3 double for Roger Charlton last campaign at Haydock and Windsor, respectively.

2CEEH7N Jockey Hollie Doyle (left) walks to the parade ring at Kempton Park Racecourse.
Hollie Doyle is retained rider for Imad Al Sagar and will join forces with Extra Elusive once again in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes

He was also denied by half-a-length in the Magnolia Stakes in Surrey two years ago, but holds a respectable record of five victories from 18 outings to date.

Fellow Group rivals later this week include the former Hampton Court Stakes winner Sangarius and fellow Kempton hero Oriental Mystique.

WATCH: BRIGADIER GERARD STAKES CONTENDER ORIENTAL MYSTIQUE’S SOLE CAREER SUCCESS ARRIVED AT KEMPTON [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Andrew Balding’s Fox Tal and Cumberland Lodge king Euchen Glen complete the field of five in Esher’s feature contest.

Horses racing at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, Surrey, England
All eyes turn to Sandown Park for the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes this Thursday

The contest will be held in honour of the late Joe Mercer, who passed away recently at the age of 86.

Brigadier Gerard, running for the last time in his 18 race/17 wins career, adds £35,048.20 to his earnings by winning the Champion Stakes for the second year in succession at Newmarket. Ridden by Joe Mercer, he is seen well clear of French challenger Riverman

He formed a formidable partnership with the legendary Brigadier Gerard, beating Mill Reef in the 1971 edition of the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, winning a total of 17 times aboard the brilliant horse.

WATCH: BRIGADIER GERARD AND JOE MERCER DOWN MILL REEF IN THE 2,000 GUINEAS BACK IN 1971 [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Additionally, he featured in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot four years later, when his mount Bustino was beaten by Grundy in a thriller often dubbed the “race of the century”.

Andrew Balding
Can Andrew Balding land the Brigadier Gerard this Thursday with Fox Tal?

Brigadier Gerard is considered to be one of the all-time greats, and his list of wins include wins in the St James’s Palace, Sussex Stakes, two wins in the Queen Elizabeth II, the Champion Stakes and the Eclipse.

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