Betfred Hungerford Stakes
Group 2, Newbury 15:35
£150,000 added,
3yo plus,
7f, Class 1   
Saturday 19th August 2017

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1 Massaat 12/1
2 Librisa Breeze 13/8F
3 Nathra 6/1
8 ran NR: Daban, Mix And Mingle, Spangled
Distances: 1¾l, ½l, 1½l Time: 1m 25.84s (slow by 3.74s)

Trainer Owen Burrows had warned in the build-up to the seven-furlong Group Two that last season's 2000 Guineas runner-up would be "rusty".

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But the four-year-old Massaat dazzled upon his return to the fray and ended up winning by a length and three-quarters from Librisa Breeze.

Nathra was third, another half a length in arrears.

Jockey Jim Crowley said: "It was a great training performance to bring him back.

"He loved that slower ground, it's quite important to him.

"He was a little bit fresh and free early on but he saw the race out well."

Burrows said: "What a great surprise. He'd been working nicely, but I just thought he'd be rusty.

"Obviously it was seven furlongs and he was second in the Guineas.

I was just looking to get him back on track and he's done it impressively.

"He had a chip removed from his fetlock after Salisbury then he injured himself and went back to Shadwell.

"It's been a big team effort to get him back.

"Fingers crossed he'll be fine after the race and we can plot then.

"We'd have to look at Group Ones now. He is entered on Champions Day (QEII Stakes), but I think it is important he has a bit of cut in the ground.

"I'm not saying he wants it soft but it was pretty firm at Salisbury when he injured himself so I'll certainly keep him away from that ground now."

Trainer Dean Ivory said of the runner-up: "He was squeezed for room and he lost a couple of lengths when we had to switch him.

"His neck turned to come straight again and the winner has got first run on us.

"The horse deserves to win and we will get there, I hope.

"You have just got to ride him for a bit of luck but that didn't come our way."


Betfred Hungerford Stakes
£150,000 added, 3yo plus, 7f, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Soft, Good in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (4) Massaat (IRE) 12/1 Jim Crowley
Owen Burrows 4
2nd (5) Librisa Breeze 13/8f R Winston
D K Ivory 5
3rd (7) ½ Nathra (IRE) 6/1 Fran Berry
J H M Gosden 4
4th (11) Breton Rock (IRE) 11/2 Andrea Atzeni D M Simcock 7
5th (10) hd Sir Dancealot (IRE) 14/1 Daniel Muscutt D R C Elsworth 3
6th (1) 2 Ibn Malik (IRE) 8/1 S De Sousa
C Hills 4
7th (2) hd Kaspersky (IRE) 11/2 M Harley
Jane Chapple-Hyam 6
8th (3) 11 Poet's Vanity 16/1 David Probert
A M Balding 3
NR (9) Mix And Mingle (IRE) T E Durcan
C F Wall 4
NR (6) Spangled Andrea Atzeni
R Varian 5
NR (8) Daban (IRE) Josephine Gordon
J H M Gosden 3