3.35 NEWBURY: Hungerford Stakes
STRANGELY, it’s a negative to have won your last race when it comes to the Hungerford Stakes.
For that reason, we will overlook the chances of Sir Dancealot and Yafta from this year’s hopefuls.
Horses aged three and four have the strongest record with nine of the past 10 winners coming from that group.
So we’ll further cross out Librisa Breeze and Breton Rock who have too many miles on the clock.
Looking at the official ratings, Dan’s Dream and Tomyris are too low compared to most Hungerford Stakes winners who are usually north of 107.
That leaves us with a straight shootout between GUSTAV KLIMT and Dream Of Dreams.
Both horses have plenty in their favour but there is one factor that tips the scales in favour of the Aidan O’Brien runner.
He already has a Group race win under his belt, while Dream Of Dreams has yet to taste success at anything higher than Listed level.
While this isn’t actually a great race for favourites, the fancied Ballydoyle runner can do something about that record.
Dream Of Dreams would also be the lowest winner on the official ratings since Lethal Force in 2012 so that’s another positive for Gustav Klimt.