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So Mi Dar to miss Brigadier Gerard and wait for Ascot

So Mi Dar: absent from the Brigadier Gerard Stakes and will wait for Royal Ascot
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Sandown's evening meeting lost one of its star names on Thursday morning when John Gosden ruled So Mi Dar out of the feature Brigadier Gerard Stakes. 

After missing her intended engagement at York in the Middleton Stakes, connections are now going to wait until Royal Ascot to see her back on the track.

Gosden said: "It's very frustrating. We can't run her as her muscle enzymes are too high. We had her ready for York and now we can't run at Sandown. We'll be patient and take her straight to Royal Ascot."

The royal meeting will be the plan for the majority of the two-year-olds contesting the National Stakes as they tackle the flying five furlongs down the middle of the course before the stayers take centre stage in the Henry II Stakes.

Steel Of Madrid and Chain Of Daisies are set to take on five in the Brigadier Gerard, a race which has been won by the likes of Workforce and Mukhadram in recent years.

Goodwood also stages a quality meeting with the Height Of Fashion Stakes the highlight, as Mori, the Frankel filly out of Midday, takes on fellow Juddmonte-bred Icespire.

Elsewhere in the country there is action over jumps at Warwick and Flat racing also takes place at Chelmsford and Catterick, plus Tipperary hosts a mixed card.

Going update

Sandown - Good, good to firm in places (good on sprint course) ((from good on straight course and good, good to soft in places on sprint course))

Goodwood - Good

Catterick - Good to firm (from good to firm, good in places)

Warwick - Good (from good, good to soft in places)

Chelmsford - Standard

Tipperary - Flat - good to firm, jumps - good

Today's key races

Goodwood 2.35 Molecomb Blue Handicap (Class 2)

Goodwood 4.20 Markel Height Of Fashion Stakes (Listed)

Warwick 4.30 Wigley Group Carnival Handicap Chase (Class 2)

Sandown 6.30 Better Odds With Matchbook National Stakes (Listed)

Sandown 7.05 Matchbook VIP Henry II Stakes (Group 3)

Sandown 7.35 Matchbook Brigadier Gerard Stakes (Group 3)

Chelmsford 8.00 totewin at Handicap (Class 2)

Sandown 8.10 Matchbook Traders Conference Heron Stakes (Listed)

Key non-runners

Catterick 1.50 Bath And Tennis; 2.55 Bismarck The Flyer; 4.05 Bodacious Name; 5.15 Bonnie Gals, Sheepscar Lad

Goodwood 3.10 Under Attack, Foresee, Mazalto; 3.45 Viking Hoard; 5.25 Black Caesar 

Sandown 6.00 Candyman Can, Suitor, Kath's Legacy; 7.35 So Mi Dar, 8.40 El Vip

Key market movers

Goodwood 4.20 Gakku 9-2 (from 18, Sky Bet)

Goodwood 5.25 Captain Ryan 11-4 (from 4, Paddy Power); Deer Song 14-1 (from 20-1, bet365)

Sandown 6.00 Silver Ghost 5-1 (from 8, Betfair)

Sandown 8.10 Zainhom Evens (from 13-8, bet365)

Sandown 8.40 Sir Roderic 8-1 (from 20, Paddy Power)


Catterick Bend turning into home straight dolled out 2yds increasing distances of races 6f, 7f and 1m4f by 6yds

Goodwood The first two furlongs of the mile course is dolled out 5 yards. The top bend is dolled out 3 yards. The lower bend is dolled out 6 yards from the 6 furlong marker to the two furlong marker in the straight.

The distance for the second and fourth races have been increased by 15 yards, the third, fifth and sixth races have both been increased by 10 yards.

Warwick - Hurdle and bumpers will be run on the inner hurdle track. The rail has been set out 4 yards on the exit to the home straight and 10 yards on the entrance to the back straight. The home bend is out 10 yards on the chase line and will be shared by the hurdle line, adding the following distances:

Races 1, 2 and 7: 21 yards

Race 3: 73 yards

Race 4: 42 yards

Race 5: 47 yards

Race 6: 94 yards

Sandown - Round Course on outer/April meeting configuration, adding 29 yards to all Round Course distances.

Royal Ascot will be the plan for the majority of the two-year-olds contesting the National Stakes
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