Remote can take control in Brigadier Gerard Stakes
Just four are set to go to post for the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown this evening (7.50), and Remote looks potentially a cut above his rivals.
The John Gosden trained colt was a highly progressive sort last season, winning three times after finishing third on debut.
The last of those successes came in the Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot, where Remote showed a good turn of foot and only had to be ridden out to beat Shikapour by 3/4 of a length.
It was a highly impressive display, and one which suggested that the son of Dansili had the potential to make up into a Group 1 performer.
Although Remote has been off the track for 343 days and is yet to run on soft ground, this doesn’t look the strongest of renewals and he may not have to be at his best to make awinning return to action.
Remote’s main rivals according to the form book are Sharestan and Top Notch Tonto.
The former progressed into a smart performer when trained in Ireland by John Oxx, and ran well in Meydan after being bought by Godolphin before landing a Listed contest at Ayr when last seen in action.
The son of Shamardal is a pretty solid sort, but at six years old is not open to further progression and lacks the class of Remote.
Top Notch Tonto improved significantly last season after joining Brian Ellison and will relish the testing conditions.
The gelding won a Group 3 contest at Haydock and ran a stormer when chasing home Olympic Glory in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes over a mile at Ascot.
That form entitles Top Notch Tonto to plenty of respect, but all his best runs have come over a mile and the 1m 2f trip will stretch his stamina to the limit.
The field is completed by Sheikhzayedroad who progressed well to win a couple of handicaps last season but needs to raise his game to another level to cause an upset.