The Hungerford Stakes (Saturday 19 Aug, 3.35) is named after the town of Hungerford, which is located close to Newbury Racecourse. It was first run in 1949, but was moved to the straight 7-furlong track in 2002, and granted Group 2 Status in 2006.
It has been won by five 3-year-olds, four 4-year-olds, and one 6-year-old
Winners came from stalls 2 to 6, with 4 of the last 8 berthed in stall-6
Only 1 winner had won last time out
SPs ranged from 6/5 to 25/1
John Gosden has won 2 of the last 4 renewals, and 6 in all
Bidding to become the joint oldest winner at the age of 7, but scored at this level at Glorious Goodwood. 3lb penalty won’t make this easy, but this looks an easier race then the one at Goodwood. He also has an excellent record at Newbury, having won this race in 2014, finished third in it in 2015, and finished third in this year’s Lockinge Stakes. Drawn wide in stall-11 though.
Lightly-raced 4-year-old, whose balance of form suggests he has a few pounds to find with the best of these.
Allowed an easy lead last time at Royal Ascot in the Summer Mile, but would have looked good at this distance. Not without a chance, and nicely drawn in stall-2 for a prominent racer.
Sent-off at 7/1 for the Lennox Stakes, but finished over 3-lengths behind the re-opposing 50/1 Breton Rock. Hampered at a vital stage there though, and 3lb better off this time. Drawn in stall 5.
Good enough to get with 1½ lengths of Galileo Gold in last season’s 2,000 Guineas, but pulled-up when well-fancied to win a Listed Race. Got the talent, but his current well-being must be taken on trust. Drawn in stall 4.
Mix And Mingle
Won two 7-furlong race at the start of the season, and didn’t really see out the mile last time. Interesting back in trip for inform trainer, but drawn wider than ideal in stall-9.
Highly-tried, and definitely of interest on her second in last season’s French 1,000 Guineas. She’s also 3 from 3 over 7-furlongs, and the most impressive of those wins was over course and distance. Also trained by John Gosden, and 4 of his 6 winners of this race have been 4-year-olds. Drawn in stall-7.
Group 3 winner, but has a few pounds to find with the principals, and a 344 absence to overcome. Has stall-6 though.
Two wins from 6 tries at this distance, but has plenty to find even on his best form.
Second John Gosden runner, and this one also has chances having won twice at this distance, and been third in the 2,000 Guineas.
Finished behind Daban earlier in the season, and did nothing on her next two starts to suggest she’ll turn that form around.
A fascinating race, and Breton Rock, Librisa Breeze, Massaat and Daban are all respected. However, a chance is given to Nathra who is 3 from 3 at this distance. The form of her second in last year’s French 1,000 Guineas was an excellent effort, and she was most impressive on her only course and distance start, whilst she is trained by John Gosden. Fran Berry is also 1 from 2 for the Gosden stable in the last 12 months.
Nathra; Each Way @ 8/1 with PaddyPower