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Class in the fields for double Stakes

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RACING: A bumper field of 17 is primed to start Saturday’s Betfred Hungerford Stakes at The Racecourse with last year’s winner Gregorian among the entries for the Group 2 contest. Gregorian, who was only 10th of 14 when fancied for the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday, will be out to make amends by becoming the first dual-Hungerford winner since Jimmy Reppin in 1969. Aljamaheer, a late withdrawal from the Prix Maurice de Gheest, may also line up. Richard Hannon junior, whose father won the event three times, has three entries with last season’s champion juvenile Toormore the star name. Producer and Professor are the others from the stable. Toormore’s recent conqueror at Goodwood, Es Que Love, is in the running, as is Marco Botti’s Summer Mile winner Guest Of Honour and Godolphin's Tawhid. Red Evie in 2007 was the last filly to win the seven-furlong race and three could try and emulate her; Muteela, who lost her unbeaten record at Goodwood on her last start, Kiyoshi and Al Thakhira. Hughie Morrison’s Chil The Kite is one of five previous Newbury winners in the Hungerford line-up. The Betfred TV Geoffrey Freer Stakes will be contested by leading St Leger hopes Hartnell, Kings Fete and Investec Derby second Kingston Hill in the 19-strong entry. Coral-Eclipse second Somewhat, recent Group winners Pether’s Moon and Sheikhzayedroad, and two-time Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeux, second in this race last year, are other big names in the mix. p Saturday is also Ladies Day at The Racecourse with competitions for the best dressed lady in which the winner will receive a to a holiday in Florida, courtesy of Charter Travel of Newbury and Virgin Atlantic. ‘Pamper’ and fashion zones will vie for interest alongside a Porsche Reading Lounge, displaying some of the car maker’s latest models and offering the chance to win a driving experience at Silverstone. The post-racing Party in the Paddock will feature BBC Radio 1 duo Annie Mac and Pete Tong. The first race is at 1pm.

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