Saturday 21st July, Newbury – 3:00 – 6f, bet365 Hackwood Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (3yo+)
The Hackwood Stakes is a Group 3 race run over 6 furlongs. It was upgraded to Group 3 status in 2006 having held Listed status previously.
The last 25 renewals have been dominated by three and four year old horses who have won 17 times between them. Over the last 10 years however, four year old horses have won five times, whereas three year olds have won only once. It will be interesting to see how the current Classic generation measure up this year.
The betting market looks to be a reasonable guide with eight of the last 12 renewals being won by horses in the first three in the betting, with the favourite winning four of the last seven renewals.
A recent run would appear to be key as all of the last 12 winners ran within 28 days of the race, with four of these winning on their last start. All of the last 12 winners had also run at least twice prior to the race in the current season. A previous run at Newbury can be useful as eight of the last 12 winners had run at the course previously, although only four of them had previous winning form at Newbury.
Form over 6 furlongs is another key requirement with all of the last 12 winners having won at least once over the distance of which 10 of the winners had won twice or more over the trip.
An Official Rating of 104 has been required to win 11 of the last 12 renewals with five of the winners previously winning at Group level.
Bacchus is an interesting runner for trainer Brian Meehan. The four year old chestnut gelding made his seasonal reappearance in the Class 2 Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot and despite giving 2lbs to Dreamfield won the race by a neck. Dreamfield was sixth in the Group 1 July Cup on his last start.
The Hackwood Stakes will only be Bacchus’s third run in pattern company and on his last run looks well worth another try. He ticks all of the boxes regarding ground, trip and winning form at the course and has the talents of Frankie Dettori in the saddle.
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