Five-time winner Derby trainer Sir Michael Stoute has put himself back in the spotlight this season as his yard is flying on the track in some of the biggest races in Europe. One of the latest stars to emerge from his yard is Bay Bridge.
The four-year-old produced an impressive performance to win the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on his latest appearance. He found an extra gear in the closing stages of the 1m2f contest to score five lengths ahead of Mostahdaf and Addeybb, respectively.
The son of New Bay has an entry in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown later this season. He is the +400 in the horse racing odds for the Group One race. That assignment could see him take on Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Native Trail, as per recent horse race results, while last season’s Derby champion Adayar is expected to take part.
Stoute’s runner has now won four of his five races on turf. His sole defeat on the surface came on his debut at York over 7f. Since then, he has found a lot of improvement over the stuffer trips he has faced.
Ryan Moore Spoke Very Highly of Stoute’s Colt
Jockey Ryan Moore has ridden 11 British Classic winners, so he has sat on some splendid horses. He believes Bay Bridge is now ready to take on the best in his division at Group One level.
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot could be his next assignment. Connections will have to consider if they feel the horse has come out on his latest run well and if he is ready for a quick reappearance.
If Stoute decides against running at the royal meeting, they are likely to hold their horse back before the Eclipse. The 1m2f race is one of several major middle-distance races they will be targeting over the summer across Europe.
Arc Appearance May Come in October
His success at Sandown will leave Bay Bridge’s connections thinking about a trip across to Paris in October for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. The colt was full of running at the finish to the Brigadier Gerard Stakes, which indicates he will have no trouble with a step up to 1m4f in the future.
Stoute knows exactly what type of horse is required to win an Arc, the most prestigious open-age race in Europe. The legendary trainer prevailed in 2010 with his Derby winner Workforce. They won a strong renewal of the Longchamp feature.
The 10-time Champion Trainer could have more than one entry in the 2022 Arc. Desert Crown has also been impressive this season in his three-year-old campaign. The son of Nathaniel was far too good for his rivals in the Dante Stakes at York earlier this season. He will be bidding to follow the likes of Golden Horn, Enable, and Treve who have scored as three-year-olds in the Arc over the last 10 years.
If the year ends strong for Stoute with Bay Bridge and Desert Crown, 2022 could finish as one of the best seasons of his illustrious career.