Hungerford Stakes Betting
The Hungerford Stakes is one of many brilliant races run at Newbury over the season as we bring you the latest free bets on the race from horse racing bookmakers in the UK.
The race falls towards the back end of August on the second Saturday of the month, and is always run in glorious sunshine and in front of a packed summer crowd. It is one of only six Group races run for horses over seven furlongs over the season.
Seven furlongs is seen as a bit of a unique trip as you need to have the speed to pitch up in a good position but also the stamina to get you over the line.
You find that horses that win over seven furlongs turn into specialist performers at that level and have an advantage over other horses at that level. It is one of the first races of the season where the Classic generation take on their elders, and punters can start to evaluate how that form holds up against the older horses.
As the race is classified as a Group Two race, it usually attracts horses just short of the top level.
If a trainer decides to throw a Group One winner in, then that horse needs to carry a penalty, in this case 4lbs. The race was run over the round course at Newbury up until 2002 when it was switched to the straight track and was pumped up to Group Two level.
One jockey has been extremely succesfull in the race.
Frankie Dettori has won the race six times with the latest win in 2010 aboard Shakespearean. The 2012 renewal provided a bit of a shock winner in the form of three-year-old and 25/1 shot Lethal Force, who upset the well backed favourite Strong Suit.
Trainer Clive Cox will definitely target this race in 2013 if the horse stays in training, which looks likely.
Remember to to check the card before you bet as runners and riders are subject to change.