Thursday, 04th Jun 2020
Lord North progressed throughout last season, so looks worth a punt to land the feature 1m 2f Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Haydock on Sunday (14:40).
Trained by John Gosden, this four-year-old Dubawi gelding is four from seven starts and has won first time up in each of the last two seasons
After landing a Redcar novice event over a mile on his sole start as a juvenile, Lord North bolted up by 11 lengths on reappearance at the same trip on the all-weather at Newcastle.
He was pitched into Listed company off the back of that taking effort, but nothing went right in the Heron Stakes. That race is usually run on the Brigadier Gerard Stakes card at Sandown.
Lord North was denied a clear run and eased. Connections then gelded him and let him have the summer off. He dropped into handicap company at Asoct where he shaped as though he wanted further than a mile.
That impression was confirmed when Lord North landed the valuable Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket over nine furlongs off an unchanged mark of 98.
The handicapper let him in very lightly. It was no surprised to see this well-treated sort land that Heritage Handicap in comfortable fashion.
Lord North also ran really well off his revised mark of 110 when runner-up in the Balmoral on heavy ground during British Champions Day at Ascot.
A Listed victory when stepped back up in trip and tackling the 1m 2f of this for the first time followed. Lord North has the potential to make up into a Group horse.
With Sangarius withdrawn from a Listed race at Newmarket in favour of this and ratings topper Elarqam possibly needing the run, he appeals most for the Brigadier Gerard Stakes.
In the other Group 3 on the card, the extended 1m 3f Pinnacle Stakes for fillies and mares (14:05), Gosden also has a leading contender in Fanny Logan.
This four-year-old daughter of Sea The Stars won five of her eight starts last season. They include on reappearance at Wetherby and three Listed contests.
Fanny Logan is clearly above average, then. On her two outings over further than 10 furlongs, she had softer surfaces.
Now trying nearly a mile-and-a-half for the first time on good going, she should get the trip. Fanny Logan has also won the Group 3 Pride Stakes at Newmarket when eased down close home by a cosy length.
She was value for more than the winning margin. Fanny Logan was far from disgraced when fourth at the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Santa Anita in a Grade 1 after a long season.
While she carries a 3lb penalty in the Pinnacle Stakes, a repeat of her last run should be more than enough to defy it.
Gosden and jockey Rab Havlin have both been among the winners in the week, so Fanny Logan can take this en route to a potential crack at the Lancashire Oaks.
In the Listed 7f Spring Trophy (15:15), course and distance winner Safe Voyage has obvious claims of making the frame.
Trained by John Quinn, the seven-year-old goes well fresh and sits joint top on official ratings for this. Something of a late bloomer, Safe Voyage notched a hat-trick over this trip last term.
He progressed from handicap company to win last year’s renewal of the Spring Trophy. Despite being denied a clear run two out, Safe Voyage switched under Jason Hart and ran on well inside the final furlong.
As he was in command at the finish, connections when up in grade again. Safe Voyage obliged and completed his hat-trick in the Group 3 John Of Gaunt.
Again, it was victory in ready fashion for the son of Fast Company. As Safe Voyage was far from disgraced when placing a 1 1/2 lengths third in Group 2 contests at The Curragh and Newbury, he is clearly handy at this level.
The winner of the former, Romanised, went on to land the Group 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville. He also went down fighting by a nose in the Prix du Moulin on Arc weekend at Longchamp.
Safe Voyage also ran at that prestigious French meeting when fourth in the Prix de la Foret. He was also a staying on third in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on British Champions Day at Ascot.
The Spring Trophy is a massive ease in grade on those runs. As Safe Voyage does have wins on better ground, he is one to consider each-way.