BetVictor Geoffrey Freer Stakes
|Group 3, Newbury 14:20
1m 5f 61y, Class 1
1 Hukum 8/11F
2 Rodrigo Diaz 14/1
3 Pablo Escobarr 12/1
8 ran Distances: 3¼l, 1¼l, 1½l
Time: 2m 55.14s (slow by 7.24s)
A super display by Hukum in the hands of @JimCrowley1978 for @ojburrows74 in the @BetVictor Geoffrey Freer Stakes @NewburyRacing on Saturday pic.twitter.com/Y3G1FG3eas https://t.co/KbzfSHd0Jb via @RacingBetter— RacingBetter (@RacingBetter) August 17, 2021
The Owen Burrows-trained Hukum looked a cut above the opposition as he pulled clear in the final furlong to defy a 3lb penalty for a Group Three success at York on his latest start.
Golden Pass set the pace, but Jim Crowley soon had the 8-11 favourite in second place away from any possible trouble in behind.
It looked an open contest three furlongs from home, although Hukum soon changed that when he hit the front with a quarter of a mile left.
He stretched away to win by three and a quarter lengths from the David Simcock-trained Rodrigo Diaz, who ran a big race with the Melbourne Cup in mind.
Pablo Escobarr was another length and a quarter away in third.
Shadwell racing manager Angus Gold said: “Jim said when he won at Goodwood he made a noise, so we tied his tongue down and since then he’s been really good.
“He’s a scopey horse that is putting it all together, and he has the speed to go shorter.
“He’s in the Lucien Barriere at Deauville in a couple of weeks, but looking ahead we might look towards the Breeders’ Cup Turf and the Hong Kong Vase.”
Geoffrey Freer Stakes
£70,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 5f 61y, Class 1
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (6) Hukum 4 9-8 Owen Burrows Jim Crowley 8/11F
2 (5) 3¼ Rodrigo Diaz 4 9-5 David Simcock Adam Kirby 14/1
3 (8) 1¼ Pablo Escobarr 5 9-5 William Haggas Tom Marquand 12/1
4 (4) 1½ Without A Fight 4 9-5 Simon & Ed Crisford David Egan 20/1
5 (1) nk Red Verdon 8 9-5 Ed Dunlop Hollie Doyle 18/1
6 (3) 1½ Recovery Run 3 8-9 Andrew Balding Rob Hornby 11/1
7 (2) ½ Sleeping Lion 6 9-5 Roger Charlton William Buick 20/1
8 (7) 5 Golden Pass 4 9-2 Hugo Palmer Louis Steward 6/1
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