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Seven furlongs expected to suit Yafta at Newbury

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Liam Headd

Liam Headd


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Seven furlongs expected to suit Yafta at Newbury

NEWBURY Racecourse stages Ladies Day with Rudimental this Saturday, August 18, when the highlight is the £150,000 G2 Ladyswood Stud Hungerford Stakes (3.35pm) over seven furlongs.

Ladyswood Stud, a 90-acre establishment situated on the Gloucestershire Wiltshire border near Malmesbury, owned by Alex Frost, is sponsoring the Hungerford Stakes for the first time in 2018.

Sir Dancealot (David Elsworth) is the form horse among the 18 confirmations. He finished fourth in the G1 July Cup at Newmarket on July 14 before getting up on the nod to win the G2 Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs at Goodwood on July 31.

Last year's runner-up Librisa Breeze could turn out quickly after staying-on to fourth in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville, France, on August 5.

He gained the biggest victory of his career in the G1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint at Ascot in October.

The Richard Hannon-trained Yafta has progressed with every run this year and boasts winning course form at Newbury, having captured the six-furlong G3 bet365 Hackwood Stakes by a head on July 21.

The three-year-old son of Dark Angel has finished second on both of his starts over seven furlongs, which included a head defeat in a handicap company at Newmarket in June.

However, Angus Gold racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, believes there is more to come from Yafta over seven furlongs.

Gold said today: "Yafta is in very good form at home. Richard Hannon is very happy with him and everything has gone well since Newbury last time out.

"He is a very progressive horse, who has a lovely attitude to racing. We have decided to go for the Hungerford as the race fits nicely into the calendar, but we also think there is more to come from him over seven furlongs.

"Yafta was very tough in the Hackwood Stakes. I was slightly surprised he had the speed to win over six furlongs and the step back up to seven furlongs will suit him ideally on Saturday.

"We are looking forward to the race and hopefully he runs well."

Aidan O'Brien, reigning champion trainer in Britain and Ireland, has a trio of three-year-old colts among the acceptors, including G1 St James's Palace Stakes runner-up Gustav Klimt and G1 July Cup third Fleet Review.

The 2014 winner Breton Rock (David Simcock), who finished third behind Sir Dancealot at Goodwood, and progressive three-year-old filly Pretty Baby (William Haggas), a G3 winner over seven furlongs at Goodwood on August 3, also remain engaged.

Elsewhere on the card, the £60,000 G3 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2.25pm) over mile and a five furlongs is often used as stepping-stone to big end of season targets such as the St Leger and Melbourne Cup.

Among the 11 entries for this year's renewal is Godolphin's exciting four-year-old Hamada. Trained by Charlie Appleby, Hamadamade in three from three so far this year when taking a valuable 14-furlong handicap by seven lengths at Newmarket on July 13.

Raymond Tusk (Richard Hannon) looks the pick of the two three-year-old contenders judged on his decisive two and a half-length victory in the Listed Glasgow Stakes over 11 furlongs at Hamilton on July 20.

Two-year-olds put their reputations on the line in the £25,550 Listed Denford Stakes (1.50pm, 16 entries) over seven furlongs. Notable names on the roll of honour include subsequent Classic winners Rodrigo De Triano, Lammtarra, Haafhd and Just The Judge.

Entertainment after racing

Newbury's eight race programme starts with a race for purebred Arabians at 1.20pm and ends at 5.15pm.

Chart topping and BRIT award-winning act, Rudimental will take to the Party In The Paddock stage after racing on Ladies Day, Saturday 18 August 2018 to perform a live DJ set. 

The DJ set is expected to begin 45 minutes after the last race and last for approximately 90 minutes.

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