Sharestan hangs on in Brigadier thriller
Sharestan fended off a late challenge from Sheikhzayedroad to take the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown by the shortest margin, getting the decision by a nose after a photo finish.
Saeed bin Suroor’s charge, ridden by Godolphin’s newest recruit Kieren Fallon, was sent off the 5/6 favourite for the contest after the withdrawal of the well fancied pair of Hillstar and Remote and was just able to justify that tag having seen off the challenge of the front running Top Notch Tonto and ultimately coming out on top in a head bobbing finish to the 1m 2f contest.
It was nearly the perfectly timed effort from Martin Lane on-board Sheikhzayedroad, but despite being in front before and after the line, Sharestan was called the winner, much to the chagrin of many punters who met the result with a chorus of boos.
An undeterred bin Suroor said: “He has improved, last year he always carried some condition but his last three pieces of work have been much better than what he did last year. He was tricky horse in the past but we gelded him and he looks different, more athletic. In the past he was always carrying condition.
“The key has been the ground as he loves soft ground.
“A mile and a quarter was all right here but a mile and a half will be better for him and the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot is his target. We’ll go from there.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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