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Owen Burrows has already won both of Saturday’s feature races at Newbury – the Group 2 BetVictor Hungerford Stakes (3.30) and Group 3 BetVictor Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2.20) – in his short training career and he has two of the market principals for this year’s runnings.

Hukum landed the Geoffrey Freer last year before a tilt at the St Leger and while he has fallen just short at the top level, he returned to his best in the Silver Cup at York last time and is now a dual Group 3 winner.

Danyah – an impressive winner of the International Stakes at Ascot last month – is Burrows’ representative in the Hungerford, which he won with Massaat in 2017.


With Oisin Murphy sitting out Saturday due to suspension, William Buick has the chance to reduce the gap in the jockeys’ championship title race with five rides at Newbury.

Buick was 13 winners behind runaway leader Murphy prior to Friday’s action as he attempts to win the title for the first time and a host of his rides have strong chances to help him keep up his hopes of lifting the trophy.

William Buick: can the top jockey fight back in the jockeys’ championship race?

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The pick of his rides looks to be Al Suhail (3.30), who arrives in good form having finished third in the Summer Mile last month.

Buick picks up a valuable spare for Murphy’s former boss Andrew Balding aboard Superlative Stakes second Masekela in the Listed Denford Stud Stakes (1.45), while Auriferous (1.15), Sleeping Lion (2.20) and Camelot Tales (4.00) complete his afternoon.


Plenty of eyes will be on the final ever Arlington Million card at Arlington Park to see whether the highly regarded Santa Barbara can land a second Grade 1 in the Beverly D. Stakes (10.49).

The Camelot filly was fourth in the 1,000 Guineas before finishing a well-beaten fifth behind Snowfall in the Oaks, as well as going close behind Thundering Nights in the Pretty Polly Stakes.

However, she picked up her first-top level success when scorching to an unlikely victory in the Belmont Oaks on her first start in the US last month and is favourite to follow up for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore.


The Hungerford Stakes (3.30) may not look as hot as some years, but it hosts a very open field with plenty of the runners looking to continue their progress in the Group 2.

Al Suhail brings form from the highest level having finished third in the Jebel Hatta at Meydan earlier in the year and made a pleasing return when third in the Summer Mile behind Tilsit last month. Along with D’bai, he is one of two representatives for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby.

Shadwell Estates are triple-handed as they bid for a third win in the race in the last seven years, with International Stakes winner Danyah and dual Bunbury Cup hero Motakhayyel joined by Laneqash.

Useful fillies Sacred – not seen since finishing seventh in the 1,000 Guineas – and recent Ascot Group 3 winner Dreamloper also have solid claims.

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