Hungerford Stakes Tips: Hannon star to outclass rivals at Newbury

Richard Hannon aims to win his first Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday
Richard Hannon aims to win his first Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday

We are set for a competitive renewal of the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, and our man Steve Chambers previews the seven furlong contest and picks out his best bet for the showpiece race of the weekend...

Richard Hannon Snr saddled the top class Paco Boy to victory in this race all the way back in 2008, and it's now the turn of Richard Hannon Jnr to try and reign supreme in the Berkshire contest and he will unleash a dual-pronged attack at Saturday's event. Spearheading the Hannon charge will be the proven Group performer CHINDIT, who will have to give weight away to all his rivals, but he heads into the event in excellent form and at 9/2 could be a really tough nut to crack, if at his best.

A winner of the Greenham Stakes over course and distance last season as a three-year-old, Chindit has often dined at the very top table in the mile division, and showed when finishing fourth in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot that he can ruffle a few feathers in Group 1 company. However, it was in Group 2 company that saw him sparkle, as he bounded to victory in the Summer Mile at Ascot, and while he was no match for the mighty Baaeed in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, a return to calmer waters should see him at his best. The drop back from a mile to seven furlongs shouldn't pose any problems, and while he has some tough rivals he could just prove to be a cut above them here.

Happy Romance will add more firepower to the Hannon team and the former Hackwood Stakes winner has shown she can often produce her best at this track, but the four-year-old filly will need to improve on a sixth place finish in this year's Hackwood Stakes, so she should be best watched here.

William Haggas will certainly have one eye on Baaeed's bid for victory in next week's Juddmonte International Stakes at York, but the top-class handler will saddle the market leader here Tiber Flow, who looks an extremely progressive three-year-old that has to be a major player here at 5/2 with the bookmakers. A fine winner of the Listed Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury two starts ago, the son of Caravaggio then failed to land Royal Ascot glory in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup. He will step up to seven furlongs on Saturday, which should no major issue and in receipt of significant weight from the abovementioned Chindit he has to be regarded a huge rival to the selection.

Wins in a brace of Group 3 events launched Pogo into the limelight earlier in the season, but the Charlie Hills-trained six-year-old failed to land the hat-trick last time out when third in a decent renewal of the Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Those two Group successes came over seven furlongs, so the trip should prove to be ideal, but he could just be a horse that falls short in Group 2 company, and he's one to ignore.

A winner of the Abernant Stakes earlier in the campaign, Chris Wall's Double Or Bubble then failed to land a blow in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, but did put up a much better effort when fifth in the July Cup at Newmarket, and with winning form over seven furlongs then the classy mare has to come into calculations.

Tenth in the Platinum Jubilee, Henry Candy's Run To Freedom kicked on and won a three-runner Conditions stakes at Salisbury, and at 14/1 could be a lively each-way player in this event if continuing on an upward curve. Dubai Poet, Jumby and Wings Of War complete the field and all three will need career bests to play any significant role that could see the class act of the race, Chindit, claim the win.

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