THE HUNGER GAMES

The Group 2 Hungerford Stakes at 3.35 is the centrepiece of the televised card from Newbury this afternoon, with a field of nine lining up.

Joint favourites at 100-30 are the remarkably consistent Pogo and the young pretender Tiber Flow from the all conquering Haggas yard.

Yet to be beaten over today’s trip of 7f, we marginally prefer the chances of Tiber Flow, last seen contesting a Group 1 at Royal Ascot over 6f, wearing first time cheek-pieces.

With the headgear now discarded and over the ideal trip, we recommend a win bet.

Another of the Classic generation that may make a bold bid is Dubai Poet, a strong finishing third over this distance at the Royal meeting and we also suggest an each way tickle on this one at 8-1.

Coverage starts with the BetVictor Handicap at 1.20 which also features a Haggas trained Fav in Frantanck at 5-2.

This 3-y-o was a massive disappointment last time out, finishing last of four, beaten nearly 10 lengths and, while a bounce back is entirely possible, we prefer to have an each way punt on Rogue Rocket at 13-2.

Tom Clover‘s horse is improving with every run and so is its jockey Connor Planas and today’s step up in trip looks right up the 3-y-o’s strasse.

We swerve the 1.55 with its 4-7 favourite and move on to the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at 2.30.

Oft used as a trial for the St Leger, there is just the one 3-y-o in the five strong line up and we think he will win it.

Zechariah is the name and 7-4 is the price – get on.

Another BetVictor Handicap is at 3.00 and we go dutch, starting with Dance Fever at 3-1.

Clive Cox‘s 5-y-o has worked its way back to form and can now run off its last winning mark, so should give Adam Kirby a good spin.

Our other pick is the old boy Documenting, still capable of throwing in a good ‘un at the ripe old age of nine and from a stable in form.

With three places generally available, we can’t resist an each way at 11-2.

Two races are being televised from the meeting at Ripon, the first being the Hornblower Conditions Stakes at 1.40, which has a field of five.

Best form on offer appears to be held by New Definition, so we recommend a win bet at 5-2.

A rare big field (14) turns up for the Great St Wilfrid Handicap at 2.50 and we have a selection from both sides of the track, starting with our old friend Summerghand.

This is a bit of a drop in class for David O’Meara‘s 8-y-o, which ran really well at Goodwood two weeks ago and, although Trap 3 is not ideal, hopefully class will out. Back it at 5-1.

Our other pick, drawn 14 is the rapidly improving Snash, from the prolific yard of Tim Easterby. A winner of two of its last three starts since the headgear went on, 9-1 looks generous.

There are also two races from Newmarket, but one is not a betting opportunity and the other is full of grey things which have no current form, so we will ignore.

Time for the ice bath.

Summary:

Tiber Flow 3.35 Newbury 2pts win @ 100-30

Dubai Poet 3.35 Newbury 1pt e/w @ 8-1

Rogue Rocket 1.20 Newbury 1pt e/w @ 13-2

Zechariah 2.30 Newbury 3pts win @ 7-4

Dance Fever 3.00 Newbury 2pts win @ 3-1

Documenting 3.00 Newbury 1pt e/w @ 11-2 (3 places)

New Definition 1.40 Ripon 2pts win @ 5-2

Summerghand 2.50 Ripon 1.5pts e/w @ 5-1 (5 places)

Snash 2.50 Ripon 1pt e/w @ 9-1 (5 places)

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