Hungerford Stakes tips and runner-by-runner guide to Newbury 3.35 on Saturday

Can Jumby defend his crown?

Jumby wins the Hungerford Stakes


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Jumby is bidding to make it back-to-back wins in the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Eve Johnson Houghton’s stable star cruised to a comfortable victory in last year’s renewal and faces nines rivals in the 15:35 including course-and-distance winner Chindit, who brings the best form to the table courtesy of placing second in the Lockinge earlier this term.

Lennox third Marbaan is the pick of the three-year-olds in the contest, Royal Ascot winner Witch Hunter takes his chance, while Spanish runner Rodaballo is the outsider.

The latest Hungerford Stakes odds are on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise Timeform’s guide to the runners as well as betting tips from the racing boffins can be found below.

Hungerford Stakes tips

Timeform: One of the top 7f races in the calendar in Britain and last year’s winner JUMBY looks to have serious claims of repeating that feat having been freshened up since his effort in the Queen Anne. Eve Johnson Houghton is enjoying plenty of success this month and her 5-y-o can get the better of Chindit, who is most probably having his last race before embarking on a career at stud in India. Possible front-runner Pogo and Marbaan can do battle for third spot.

Hungerford Stakes runners and riders


Trainer: Richard Hannon Jockey: Pat Dobbs Age: 5 Weight: 9st 8lbs Draw: 6

Added a listed race to his tally on his reappearance in May and excelled himself when runner-up in the Lockinge here later that month. Not in quite the same form when mid-field in the Queen Anne Stakes but ticks plenty of boxes returned to this level after a couple of months off.



Trainer: Eve Johnson Houghton Jockey: Charles Bishop Age: 5 Weight: 9st 8lbs Draw: 8

Better than ever when winning 7f Haydock Group 3 in June. Conceded 3 lb to Audience when 2 lengths second in Criterion at Newmarket 7 weeks ago and having won this corresponding event 12 months ago, he’s firmly fancied to be in the mix.


Misty Grey

Trainer: Tom Dascombe Jockey: Richard Kingscote Age: 6 Weight: 9st 8lbs Draw: 7

Back to form after 6 months off when fourth in Chester listed event (7f) in July and ran as well as could be expected from a mark of 107 considering he’s more effective on all-weather when eighth at Chepstow (7.1f) 9 days ago. This level is probably above his paygrade.



Trainer: Charles Hills Jockey: Kieran Shoemark Age: 7 Weight: 9st 8lbs Draw: 10

Not at his very best this year (won 2 Group 3s and a Group 2 last season), though latest third in Group 3 at Newmarket was a step back in the right direction. Capable of going well. Potential front runner.



Trainer: G. Arizkorreta Jockey: Neil Callan Age: 6 Weight: 9st 8lbs Draw: 2

Useful in Spain with seven of his 8 career victories at Madrid (including on soft ground). Not discredited in three runs at Meydan earlier this year and might have needed the run after 5 months off when sixth in handicap at Ascot (8f, good to soft) 3 weeks ago. Others appeal more.


Witch Hunter

Trainer: Richard Hannon Jockey: Sean Levey Age: 4 Weight: 9st 8lbs Draw: 9

Really smart effort when coming from last to first in Buckingham Palace Stakes (handicap) at Royal Ascot (7f, good to firm) in June. Placed at listed level on his next 2 outings and not seen to best effect in a small-field scenario at Pontefract (8f, good to soft) last time. Each-way claims.



Trainer: Charlie Fellowes Jockey: Jamie Spencer Age: 3 Weight: 9st 3lbs Draw: 3

Enjoyed his finest hour when winning the Group 2 Vintage at Glorious Goodwood last year. Returned to 7f for the first time this year and ran up to his best without posing a threat when 3¼ lengths third of 6 to Kinross in Lennox Stakes back there 18 days ago. Folly to discount.



Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: William Buick Age: 3 Weight: 9st 3lbs Draw: 1

Winner of both starts in novice company (still green in the Craven in between) and acquitted himself quite well when sixth in St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Failed to confirm that improvement at listed level since, so he’s likely to come up short here.


New Endeavour

Trainer: Roger Varian Jockey: Tom Marquand Age: 3 Weight: 9st 3lbs Draw: 5

Doubled his tally in ready fashion at Kempton and showed he’s every bit as good on turf when an excellent second in the Britannia at Royal Ascot. Respectable effort when third to Nostrum in listed event at Newmarket (8f, good to firm) since and this obviously tougher.


Mammas Girl

Trainer: Richard Hannon Jockey: Rossa Ryan Age: 3 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 4

Newmarket winner on sole 2-y-o start and while it was hardly a vintage renewal of the Nell Gwyn that she won on return there in April, she did it decisively. Well held in pair of Group 1s next 2 starts but back on track when mid-field in a Group 3 at York last month. Return to 7f a plus.


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