Es Que Love out of Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury
Last Updated: 15/08/14 6:27pm
View from the remaining connections ahead of Saturday's Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury.
Conditions at Newbury have ruled the Clive Cox-trained Es Que Love out of Saturday's Betfred Hungerford Stakes.
At his best on a sound surface, Cox had been concerned about potentially unsuitable ground for the five-year-old, who has taken on a new lease of life since joining the Lambourn handler and was a neck victor from Toormore in the Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
He was declared a non-runner on account of the ground following racing at the Berkshire track on Friday.
His absence presents an increased opportunity for Chil The Kite as he bids to back to form for Hughie Morrison after an unsuccessful stint in Dubai.
He won a good pot at Newbury and then finished second under a welter burden in the Royal Hunt Cup.
Jockey George Baker, while acknowledging a step up in class, feels it is well worth a shot.
"It was a great run the last time and hopefully with the step in grade out of handicap company he'll give a good account of himself," Baker told At The Races.
"For whatever reason he never settled into the Dubai way. He was well-behaved, but the style of racing, or whatever, didn't suit him.
"Since he's come back, he's thrived. He's got plenty of confidence being dropped back into handicap company. He needs to step up but I think he's hopefully a horse going the right way again.
"He'll have to be at the top of his game, but he warrants a place in the field, for sure."
Richard Hannon runs two in a race his father last won with the brilliant Paco Boy in 2008.
Richard Hughes is on Professor while James Doyle rides Producer, who only ran at Salisbury on Thursday when second to Captain Cat in the Sovereign Stakes over a mile.
"Producer is so tough that, though he only ran two days ago at Salisbury, finishing second to Captain Cat, we might well run him again in the Group Two Hungerford Stakes, though Hughesie rides Professor, another who would benefit from improvement in the ground.
"He was brave at Haydock last time, overcoming ground that did not really suit him, and he, too, is in good nick," said Hannon on www.richardhannoonracing.co.uk.