Time Test: landed the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By Peter Scargill 11:00AM 30 JUN 2016
TIME TEST will get the chance to “put his mark on the game” in the Coral-Eclipse on Saturday after he was one of seven horses declared for Sandown’s Group 1 feature.
Trained by Roger Charlton for owner/breeder Khalid Abdullah, Time Test landed the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes over the same course and distance last time and Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Abdullah, believes Saturday offers the four-year-old a strong chance of gaining a first Group 1 victory.
He said: “We were pretty pleased with his comeback in every way, especially how he travelled and put the race to bed. He’s got to put his mark on the game now and this is a nice opportunity to do that.”
Time Test has missed both the Tattersalls Gold Cup and Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot due to soft going, but Grimthorpe feels the good to soft going predicted for Sandown will not cause a problem.
Going no problem
“When we took him to Ireland the ground was genuinely soft and we didn’t think we would enjoy that,” Grimthorpe told At The Races on Thursday. “And it was similar at Ascot, especially the first five furlongs or so of the mile and a quarter.
“We’ve got to the stage now where it’s probably going to be good to soft and that will be within his scope and we’re looking forward to going.”
Time Test will be joined on Saturday by pacemaker Countermeasure as he tackles The Gurkha, My Dream Boat, Hawkbill, Bravery and Western Hymn.
Updating conditions at Sandown, clerk of the course Andrew Cooper wrote on Twitter: “Three-and-a-half millimetres of rain at Sandown. Will leave the sprint course as soft and the round course good to soft. Still a few good patches on the circuit as a whole.”
Coral: 11-10 The Gurkha, 7-2 Time Test, 4 My Dream Boat, 15-2 Hawkbill, 14 Western Hymn, 33 Bravery, 100 Countermeasure