Hungerford Stakes tips – Runner-by-runner guide to Newbury’s Saturday big race
The feature race of Saturday’s racecard at Newbury, we look over the big race field to give our Hungerford Stakes tips and runner-by-runner guide.
Group Two action spearheads Saturday’s horse racing action at Newbury where the Hungerford Stakes takes centre-stage of the afternoon’s racecard at the Berkshire track.
Getting underway at 3.35pm and boasting a first prize in excess of £34,000 to the winner a ten-strong field of runners will line up for Saturday’s big race and we’ve taken a look over the entries to deliver our Hungerford Stakes tips as we preview the field.
Armchair punters can catch the action live on ITV Racing where the Group Two feature forms part of a seven-race live TV racing programme; watch out for our TV tips coming soon.
NEWBURY HUNGERFORD STAKES TIPS – RUNNER-BY-RUNNER GUIDE AND RACE PREVIEW
DREAM OF DREAMS
Finished runner-up in the 2018 renewal of this contest and won twice last term in Listed company before getting to within a head of Blue Point in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Things haven’t gone to plan since for Sir Michael Stoute’s charge although he was gelded ahead of his latest reappearance in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes back in June where he was beaten only a head again, this time behind Hello Youmzain.
He’s perhaps best when fresh and he’s been given plenty of time following that run so it would come as no surprise to see a bold show from him back at this longer trip although it won’t be easy to give away weight to some very smart rivals.
Very progressive as a juvenile where the Footstepsinthesand colt struck a brace of Group Two wins at York and Doncaster, the latter coming over this trip.
Richard Hannon has his string in decent heart and his young charge here isn’t judged too harshly on his two outings this campaign where he appeared to need the run in the St James’s Palace Stakes and then meeting trouble in running in the July Cup.
He can be forgiven that outing as a consequence and a return to this slightly longer trip looks a good move for the three-year old who could still have more to offer at this distance having won his only previous start over seven furlongs when taking the Champagne stakes last term.
Progressed well last term winning twice before possibly being bogged down in the mud when tried in the Group Three Horris Hill Stakes in November.
William Haggas’ charge has taken a little time to get going this term but the Lope De Vega colt got back on the scoresheet when successful in a York Listed contest where he beat Boccaccio by almost three lengths in impressive style which hinted at better to come.
This will be tougher upped again in class but he’s lightly-raced and probably has more to offer so every chance he can make his presence felt for all he probably needs to improve again.
Took this race twelve months ago, beating Librisa Breeze having previously run well in defeat in the July Cup.
Charlie Appleby’s charge disappointed on his final outing of the campaign in the Prix de la Foret although the ground that day was very soft and the Dubawi gelding possibly didn’t handle the deep ground.
He’s since won at Meydan and finished a good third at Riyadh although he possibly needed his latest return at Goodwood in the Lennox Stakes where he beat only two rivals home although he’ll be sharper for that run and can give another good account in defence of his crown.
There’s a suspicion though he might prove vulnerable to one with more scope and he’ll have his work cut out to concede upwards of 3lbs to this field.
Unbeaten in two starts as a juvenile but has beaten only one rival home across his two outings this term although to be fair to the Cappella Sansevero colt both have come in very strong races.
Despite it being his first run of the campaign he was disappointing in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June, but he failed to build on that outing when only beating one home in the Sussex Stakes and Roger Varian’s charge perhaps has a bit to prove in the wake of those outings.
This represents a drop in class from the Group One and Group Two contests he’s taken in this term and he could be sparked back into life by a return to the scene of his Group Two Mill Reef Stakes win so he’s not one to give up on just yet.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him bouncing back with a much better effort here and still a low-mileage performer he could show more back at this venue to take a hand in the finish.
Three-time winner last term which included the Group Three Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster and Stuart Williams’ charge has been in decent form this season without managing to win.
The Bated Breath mare has twice finished runner-up at this level, beaten only one length by July Cup winner Oxted on her return in the Abernant Stakes at Newmarket and then bouncing back from a lesser effort in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes to find only Queen Jo Jo too strong at York.
Far from disgraced when last seen finishing fourth behind One Master in the Oak Tree Stakes during Glorious Goodwood she could find some improvement for a first-time tongue-tie and can make her presence felt although others look to hold stronger claims of success and she might have to settle for place money.
Struck on his debut at Salisbury last term and ran well in defeat subsequently including when finishing fifth behind Golden Horde in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood.
Andrew Balding’s charge has run well on both his starts this term with the Starspangledbanner colt finishing third on his reappearance behind Molatham in the Jersey Stakes and then crossing the line in fourth in the Listed King Charles II Stakes at York behind Surf Dancer.
There doesn’t appear any reason why he should reverse the form with that rival here and he’ll need to find a bit more to do so. While he can run well others look better treated and he has to pull out more.
German raider who has won twice in Group Three company in his native land at Baden Baden and Dresden, and the Medicean colt shaped better than the bare result when finishing fifth to Oxted in the July Cup.
That run can perhaps be upgraded with more credit as he lost a shoe mid-race; he could do better here back at seven furlongs but he perhaps needs a bit more to feature here although he should give a good account.
Won twice last term, landing a French Listed contest on his final start of the campaign and the Canford Cliffs gelding may have needed his first run back here in June when finishing fifth in the Diomed Stakes behind Century Dream.
David Menuisier’s charge failed to build on that run when failing to beat a rival when next seen in the Sussex Stakes, trailing home almost ten lengths adrift of the winner and he’ll need to bounce back from that below-par performance although this is another tough assignment he faces.
He has a fair bit to find on official ratings with the likes of Dream Of Dreams and he’s likely to struggle to get competitive.
Unexposed sort after just three starts, finishing third on the latest of them behind Surf Dancer in the recent Listed King Charles II Stakes at York.
Jane Chapple-Hyam’s charge ran a mighty race from the front on that occasion but he had no answer to the front pair once headed although he kept on well for the bronze medal. He has to back up that peformance but the Lope De Vega colt faces a much more searching test of his credentials and there’s a possibility he was flattered by that performance.
While he’s open to improvement after just three outings he may find this considerable jump in grade beyond him and taking on some proven types at this level he looks hard to fancy.
NEWBURY HUNGERFORD STAKES TIPS – BIG RACE VERDICT
It could be worth chancing THREAT to come back to winning form having ran below his best in two starts this term.
Richard Hannon’s charge met with trouble in running when disappointing in the July Cup last month but he could bounce back returned to a more suitable trip and the Footstepsinthesand colt can make his presence felt.
A dual-Group Two scorer as a juvenile he won his only previous start at this trip and still relatively unexposed he can bounce back to winning form.