Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gregorian's on Song for Gosden; Buick Has Every Chant in Hungerford Moon to Shine in Open Freer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gregorian's on Song for Gosden; Buick Has Every Chant in Hungerford Moon to Shine in Open Freer

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Byline: Garry Owen i.taylor@trinitymirror.com

THE Hungerford Stakes has been won by some useful horses over years, but none have won the Group 2 more than once.

I'm very hopeful last year's hero GREGORIAN (3.50) can get back in a winning habit and land the spoils again under young master Buick.

The five-year-old entire has been an admirable servant for owner Princess Haya of Jordan, winning six times and placed on seven occasions from 23 starts.

After a pipe-opener at Epsom in June, Gregorian showed an impressive turn of foot to slam Garswood impressively over seven furlongs on soft ground at HQ three weeks later.

Dropped back to six for the Group 1 July Cup, he led home the stands' side group despite meeting trouble and having to switch, so it was a fairly decent performance on ground that had dried out to good to soft to finish a length and a half off the smart winner Slade Power, who raced on the far side.

Conncetions sent Gregorian to Deauville last week for the Group 1 Prix de Gheest, and sent off the 3-1 fav on heavy ground, he never really got into the race, finishing 10th behind Garswood who he'd slammed at HQ in June. My one concern today would be the quick turn round for Gregorian only six days after his French race, but I'm sure Johnny G knows what he's doing.

The old Washington Singer looks a match between Varian's BELARDO (2.05) and Appleby's Hawkesbury, with the former getting the vote. A 100,000euros half-brother to Berling, he was well backed for his debut at Yarmouth and duly produced the goods. Plunged into the Group 2 July Stakes, he ran well for a long way, showing greeness, but far from disgraced in fourth behind Hannon favourite Ivawood. The step up to seven looks ideal.

PETHER'S MOON (2.40) has to give weight to some solid rivals, but he's well-regarded at home and his victory over Encke at Goodwood will have worked wonders for his confidence. He was no match for Telescope in the Hardwicke but ran a brave race when going down by a neck and half a length to Cavalryman and Hillstar at HQ last month. …

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