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The imposing Brando has finished in the first four in no fewer than nine Group 1 QIPCO British Champions Series sprints without managing to win one. If he puts the record straight in 2021 nobody will be able to begrudge him!
He has been placed in five of those contests and, agonisingly, was beaten a nose by Glen Shiel in the Qipco British Champions Sprint of 2020 when an 80-1 chance. Brando had finished third, sixth, fourth and fourth in his previous appearances in the six-furlong showpiece.
In 2018, he had also chased home U S Navy Flag in the Darley July Cup plus was second to The Tin Man in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock.
“We knew we had him in great shape,” trainer Kevin Ryan said before the July Cup. “It is a little bit gut-wrenching, but I’m proud of him. It is hard to come out second best, but someone has to come out second best. I’m sure he’ll find his day in the sun.”
He had also been third to Harry Angel in the 2017 renewal, having also filled that position in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint at Ascot on Champions Day in 2016.
At Ascot, the gelding had been stepping up in class following a fine victory in the Ayr Gold Cup off a mark of 110 and connections were very pleased following another great run by the son of Pivotal.
He does have a Group 1 victory to his name, having landed the Larc Prix Maurice de Gheest in 2017. In total, he has nine wins to his bame and he has won his owners, Pete and Ange Bailey, £1,115,000 in prize-money.
He also ran a cracker in the 2019 edition of the Larc Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville, going down by a neck to Advertise before finishing an honourable fourth in the 2019 Betfair Sprint Cup as well as the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes.
Now nine, he has been a fine advert for the skills of his trainer Kevin Ryan.