John Gosden’s Gregorian to be back on song at Newbury in the Group Two Hungerford Stakes
Trainer John Gosden’s Gregorian was disappointing last Sunday in France when connections felt that even he had found the conditions too testing, now back on better ground and in a race he has won twice he looks set to be back on song. The winner of the 2013 renewal Gregorian faces an able but not stella field of rivals. If he can repeat the form of his third in the July Cup at Newmarket he will get the better of the opposition, who include his main danger, Chil The Kite who appears to be improving.
At Ripon the Great St Wilfrid Handicap (3.30) is likely to be the preserve of horses who love and can handle the undulations of the track. With that in mind it is hard to look further than the tough course specialist Spinatrix who was just denied in the race last year. The useful three-year-old Supplicant and in form Pipers Note will give her the most to do.
Godolphin’s Winter Thunder makes a very interesting entry in the handicap at (3.55) given that he has been touted as a St Leger hopeful. At the bottom of the handicap if he shows even half the class to be competitive in the Doncaster Classic he will win doing hand-stands.
CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – GREGORIAN (NEWBURY 3.50)
This grey has the class to outshine this field even after his disappointing effort last Sunday in France. The soft conditions should suit him and he has a clear liking for the course. Expect John Gosden to land another big Saturday prize.
CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – SPINATRIX E/W (RIPON 3.30)
Three times winner at the course and second in last year’s race, this tough mare will relish the cut and thrust of another big handicap. Spinatrix was not disgraced when finishing sixth back in May behind Frankel’s sister Joyeuse in a listed contest at Haydock. This whisper is certain to make another bold show at her favourite course.
ARCHER’S SELECTION – WINTER THUNDER (NEWMARKET 3.55)
Archer would not have missed the opportunity to partner this St Leger hopeful. So impressive in a good race last time at the course the tin man would have done the weight to take charge on this certainty
Crockford’s Gambles on Saturday 16 August:
Newbury – Hundi and Forbidden Love e/w (1.00), Hawkesbury (2.05), Seal Of Approval (2.40), Pastoral Player e/w (3.15) and Gregorian (3.50)
Ripon – Doc Hay e/w and Soul Brother e/w (2.50), Spinatrix e/w, Pipers Note e/w and Supplicant e/w (3.30), Border Bandit e/w (4.00) and Patterned (5.10)
Newmarket – Flying Bear e/w (2.55), Its Gonna Be Me (3.25), Winter Thunder (3.55) and Dutch Art Dealer (4.30)
Doncaster – Don’t Bother Me (4.15), Humidor e/w (4.50), Pleasant Valley (5.25) and Nanton e/w (6.00)
Chester – Fingal’s Cave (2.00), Al Ghuwariyah (2.35), Sir Robert Cheval e/w (3.10) and Spanish Plume e/w (4.55)
Perth – Carlanstown (4.40) and Gabrial The Great (5.50)
(Featured Photograph – Gregorian at Glorious Goodwood 2012 by Stuart Rice)