BetVictor Hungerford Stakes
Group 2, Newbury 15:30
£100,000 added,
3yo plus,
7f, Class 1   
Saturday 14th August 2021


1 Sacred 6/1
2 Laneqash 22/1
3 Njord 11/1
10 ran NR: Danyah Distances: 1l, 1½l, 2½l
Time: 1m 22.99s (slow by 0.09s)

Running for the first time since finishing seventh in the 1000 Guineas, Sacred stormed home to complete an amazing hour for the William Haggas stable.

The Newmarket trainer took Group races in Deauville with Cloudy Dawn and Dubai Honour before Sacred completed a remarkable hat-trick.

Nando Parrado, fired up by first-time blinkers, was soon running freely in front with D’Bai, Dreamloper and Al Suhail close up.

Tom Marquand settled Sacred at the back and was able to weave his way through the pack and get to the lead in the final furlong.

Galloping on strongly, the Cheveley Park-owned three-year-old crossed the line a length clear of Laneqash, with Njord a length and a half away in third.

Haggas’ wife, Maureen, said: “When Ryan (Moore) won the Nell Gwyn on her he said it was liking riding a motor bike.

“We’ve timed her with the latest equipment at home and some of her figures are unbelievable.

“She’s in the City of York, but that is very quick and could undo all the good that’s happened for her break.

“Then there’s the Foret, but she would only go if it stayed dry.”

She added: “She grew two inches through the winter and I hope that after her light season the owners might keep her in training at four.”

Marquand was equally impressed, saying: “It feels there’s been a lot in between her last run in the Guineas and they said she was top class.

“To jump into the race like that was very impressive. She is a very good horse.”


Hungerford Stakes
£100,000 added, 3yo plus, 7f, Class 1
10 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

1 (11)     Sacred 3 8-11 William Haggas Tom Marquand 6/1
2 (8)
1 Laneqash 3 9-0 Roger Varian Dane O'Neill 22/1
3 (4)
Njord 5 9-6 Mrs John Harrington Chris Hayes 11/1
4 (6)
Dreamloper 4 9-3 Ed Walker Hollie Doyle 4/1
5 (7)
½ Nando Parrado 3 9-0 Clive Cox Adam Kirby 40/1
6 (2)
½ Al Suhail 4 9-6 Charlie Appleby William Buick 11/4F
7 (1)
Tactical 3 9-0 Andrew Balding Rob Hornby 14/1
8 (9)
½ Motakhayyel 5 9-6 Richard Hannon Dane O'Neill 4/1
9 (5) D'Bai 7 9-9 Charlie Appleby Pat Dobbs 20/1
10 (3)
20 Line Of Departure 3 9-0 Roger Varian David Egan 14/1
NR 3 (10) Danyah 4 9-6 Owen Burrows NON RUNNER

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