Sandown preview: Brigadier Gerard Stakes (19.45)
Tryster can make his potent turn of foot tell to land a strong renewal of the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown this evening (19.45).
The Charlie Appleby-trained colt has proved a revelation on the all-weather, winning all five of his starts – including the Winter Derby and Coral Easter Classic.
Tryster was particularly impressive in the latter when quickening in stunning style off a slow pace to beat Complicit by 3/4 of a length.
The four-year-old went past the runner-up as if he was standing still, and won with tons more in hand than the winning margin suggests.
Tryster also covered the last two furlongs in 20.97 seconds according to Timeform, a record for any race at the track run over any distance.
That is simply a sensational time, especially given that Tryster produced if of a truly pedestrian pace.
It was a breathtaking and remarkable performance, and one which marked Tryster out as a potential Group 1 performer.
The son of Shamardal does now have to prove he can reproduce that level of form on the turf, but Tryster won his maiden at Brighton on it and there is no reason to believe he will not be just as effective.
If that does prove to be the case, then Tryster is going to be very hard to beat and can take this before going on to even better things.
Arab Spring progressed rapidly when winning his first four starts last season, and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained five year-old looked better than ever when making a winning reappearance in the Group 3 John Porter Stakes at Newbury last month.
The son of Monsun found plenty to beat Pether’s Moon by a length and looks sure to win more races judged on that effort.
However, this could well turn into a tactical affair as there is no confirmed pacesetter in the field and Arab Spring doesn’t have the turn of foot that Tryster possesses.
Newmarket trainer John Gosden saddles Eagle Top and Wester Hymn, and the former looks the pick of the pair.
The colt showed rapid improvement in a short space of time last season, running out the impressive 3 1/4 length winner of the Group 2 King Edwarad VII Stakes at Royal Ascot before finishing a cracking fourth to Taghrooda in the Group 1 King George at the same venue.
Eagle Top should have plenty more to offer after just four starts, but his best form has come over 1m 4f and the son of Pivotal may be tapped for toe on his first try at 1m 2f.