Hungerford Stakes betting tips: Gustav Klimt can make class tell in Newbury feature

Horsebetting.com experts say Gustav Klimt is worth a wager to land the spoils in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, 18 August, now dropped in class. Librisa Breeze is feared most in the Group 2 content over 7f, while Dream Of Dreams is also interesting now stepped back up in trip and appeals each-way. For full details on these horses, read our 2018 Hungerford Stakes betting tips preview.

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11/4
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Gustav Klimt
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Gustav Klimt the one to be on in Hungerford Stakes

Gustav Klimt has some to class form to his name and looks a worthy favourite to land the feature contest at Newbury on Saturday, the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes (15:25). In doing so he can provide top Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien with his first winner of the race.

Ths colt was a very smart juvenile, winning three of his four starts last season. Since making a winning return to action when landing a Listed contest at Leopardstown, the three-year-old son of Galileo has been plying his trade at the highest level and performed with great credit.

After a fine sixth of 15 to stable companion Saxon Warrior in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and a solid third in the Irish equivalent at The Curragh, Gustav Klimt ran a cracker when staying on well and beaten just half-a-length by Without Parole the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes over 1m at Royal Ascot.

He backed that up with another highly creditable effort when third in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Deauville before being beaten just two lengths into fourth behind Lightning Spear in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. Those performances have earned Gustav Klimt an official rating off 117 – the highest in the line-up.

As a three-year-old he also receives a handy 5lb weight-for-age allowance from the likes of Librisa Breeze and Sir Dancealot, who are his nearest rivals in the ratings off 116.

The race conditions therefore massively favour Gustav Klimt and this also represents a big drop in class. Stepping back to 7f will also hold no fears, so his claims are glaringly obvious and he thus had to be the main selection in our 2018 Hungerford Stakes betting tips.

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Librisa Breeze the main danger

At the time of writing the ground at the Berkshire venue is good – good to soft in places. With the possibility of more rain, the Dean Ivory trained Librisa Breeze is likely get his ideal underfoot conditions and, as he also now drops back in grade, it makes him the main danger to Gustav Klimt and well worthy of consideration.

The six-year-old is a hold-up performer who needs delivering at the last possible moment. That means he needs luck in-running and the gaps to appear at the right time. It has resulted in many luckless runs for Librisa Breeze but he has a potent turn of foot when things drop right, as he showed when landing the Group 1 British Champion Stakes over 6f at Ascot back in October.

Librisa Breeze has had just two starts this season. After shaping as if needing the outing  when ninth of 13 to Merchant Navy in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot, he put in a much-improved effort when a 4 1/4 lengths fourth of 20 to Polydream over an extended 6f in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

This son of Mount Nelson looks to be building up to a big performance and the step back up to 7f is a plus, as he’s won twice and been placed once over it in five starts. So, should Gustav Klimt fail to live up to expectations, Librisa Breeze looks the one to capitalise and on the pick of his form he is entitled to give the jolly plenty to think about anyway.

Dream Of Dreams the each-way option

Dream Of Dreams caught the eye last time out and looks capable of making his presence felt now stepped back up in trip. The Sir Michael Stoute trained four-year-old colt has always been held in high regard, so looks decent each-way value at the odds on offer.

After moving from Kevin Ryan to join Stoute last summer, he won two of his four starts. In the last of those, he ran on strongly from off the pace to beat Perfect Pasture by a length in a Listed contest at Doncaster.

Dream Of Dreams has improved in each of his four outings this season and singalled that his time was near when finishing strongly from off the pace to be beaten just half-a-length by the thriving Yafta in a Group 3 at Newbury 28 days ago.

That race was over 6f and given the way in which Dream Of Dreams finished off the race suggest the extra furlong in this is sure to suit. Indeed, he is one from two over the 7f distance, so it makes him a fascinating contender and the each-way selection in our 2018 Hungerford Stakes betting tips.

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