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Strong entry for Hungerford

Mon, 13 August 2012

Strong Suit is one of 19 horses engaged in the Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

The high-class four-year-old was well behind Frankel on his seasonal reappearance in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and also failed to figure in a July Cup run in very testing conditions. He missed a trip to France earlier this month as the weather once again went against him, but could instead line up over seven furlongs this weekend.

Champion trainer Richard Hannon also has Libranno entered at the confirmation stage, while Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has three potential challengers in Dysphonia, Scarf and Soul.

Other major contenders include Sir Henry Cecil's high-class filly Chachamaidee and Hughie Morrison's Pastoral Player, while Roger Varian is considering the race for his recent Glorious Goodwood third, Aljamaaheer.

"He's in the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury, the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury and the Celebration Mile at Goodwood," said Varian.

"We're just weighing up the options and will see what each race looks like. There's no definite plan for him yet."

The other Pattern race on Newbury's weekend card is the Betfred "The Bonus King" Geoffrey Freer Stakes.

This one-mile-five-furlong test has attracted 12 possible runners, with Tom Dascombe's Brown Panther the highest-rated horse in the line-up.

He could come down in grade after finishing down the field in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, while Mount Athos and Cavalryman have both won their last two starts at a lower level.