7f Unibet Hungerford Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1)
It looks like a fairly deep renewal of the Hungerford Stakes over at Newbury. Dream Of Dreams has a favourite’s chance based on the form of his second in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot. He has won over 7f earlier in his career, but has been largely tried as a sprinter and he isn’t the most reliable to put two back-to-back performances together.
Surf Dancer could be best of the three-year-old contingent. He looked impressive when winning a Listed race at York over this trip. But the form doesn’t look that solid and his price is prohibitive.
Threat could be much better than we have seen this season based on his juvenile campaign. But he was well behind NAMOS in the Darley July Cup over 6f last month.
The German-trained, Namos, was having his first start in Great Britain for trainer Dominik Moser; who has had three winers on these shores before. He looked like he was just a bit run off-his-feet with the likes of Golden Horde, Hello Youmzain and Sceptical all taking him along in the July Cup eventually running a perfectly respectable 8th.
Namos was also entered in some big Group 1 races last season as a three-year-old including finishing 5/12 in the 7f Prix Jean Prat behind Too Darn Hot so his yard has always thought highly of him.
The drop in class combined with the step up to 7f should help his cause street considering his last start in Germany was a Group 3 success over this trip. The likely soft ground should also be in Namos’s favour and he looks overpriced at 10/1.
1pt win Namos @10/1, 15:35 Newbury, SaturdayLeave a comment