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Horse Racing - Racing: bet365 Hackwood Stakes preview

The bet365 Hackwood Stakes takes place at Newbury on Super Sprint day. It is ran over a distance of 6 furlongs, and has been won by some famous names including Group 1 sprinters Magical Memory and The Tin Man. The race was promoted to Group 3 status in 2006, having been classed previously at Listed level. The race has been sponsored by bet365 since 2016.

Hackwood Stakes odds


When: Saturday 16th July 2022
Where: Newbury
Time: 2.56pm
Distance: 6 furlongs
Winning prize money: £34,026
Class: Group 3
Open to: Three year olds and up

2021 result:

1st – Happy Romance – 11/1. Trainer: Richard Hannon. Jockey: Sean Levey.
2nd – Diligent Harry – 4/1. Trainer: Clive Cox. Jockey: Adam Kirby.
3rd – Tabdeed – 100/30. Trainer: Owen Burrows. Jockey: Jim Crowley.

Key facts:

Last year’s winner Happy Romance aims to defend his crown for Richard Hannon in the 2022 renewal of the bet365 Hackwood Stakes. No horse has ever won more the race more than once, so Sean Levey’s mount is bidding to become the first. Diligent Harry is here looking for revenge, after finishing a close second in 2021.

The jockey to follow in recent years has been Jim Crowley, winning two of the last four renewals in the famous blue and white silks. He has another chance to add to his tally this weekend, where he rides Minzaal for Owen Burrows.

Just two horses aged three have been declared at Newbury, who will be buoyed by three of the last seven winners all being three-year-olds. The oldest horse to win the race was aged nine back in 1995. In this year’s renewal, both Prisoner’s Dilemma and Chil Chil are the oldest in the race aged six.

In the past 10 years, the race has favoured those at the top of the market with seven winners sub 4/1. There was a shock in 2019 however, with 33/1 Waldpfad landing the race for Germany.

Five in focus:

Happy Romance

Trainer: Richard Hannon
Jockey: Sean Levey
Owner: The Mcmurray Family
Sire: Dandy Man
Age: 4
Official Rating: 110
Race Record: 6151114 / 01503140 / 3278
Current Price: 4/1
Major Wins: Group 3 bet365 Hackwood Stakes, Listed Chelmer Fillies Stakes, Group 3 Dick Poole Fillies Stakes
Summary: Has not won a race since landing this contest in 2021, however has contested multiple Group 1s. Should give a bold account to retain his crown back in a Group 3.

Man Of Promise

Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Jockey: James Doyle
Owner: Godolphin
Sire: Into Mischief
Age: 5
Official Rating: 117
Race Record: 3/12/188/1138
Current Price: 5/1
Major Wins: Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint, Listed Dubai Sprint
Summary: Disappointed in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, but showed out in Meydan during the winter that he's a sprinter worth following. Can bounce back now back in calmer waters.


Trainer: Peter Evans
Jockey: Hollie Doyle
Owner: Chris Kiely Racing Ltd & Mr J Tomkins
Sire: Mayson
Age: 4
Official Rating: 115
Race Record: 797111/252151110950/8781
Current Price: 6/1
Major Wins: Wokingham Stakes, Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes, Group 3 Pavilion Stakes
Summary: Flew home to defend his Wokingham crown at Royal Ascot, and was a multiple Group race winner in 2021. Worth the step back up in grade.


Trainer: Owen Burrows
Jockey: Jim Crowley
Owner: Shadwell Estate Company Ltd
Sire: Mehmas
Age: 4
Official Rating: 112
Race Record: 4113/23/30
Current Price: 7/1
Major Wins: Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes
Summary: Strong form as a two/three-year-old, winning the Gimcrack at York and placing in the Group 1 Champions Sprint. Disappointing in both starts this term and needs to bounce back.

Go Bears Go

Trainer: Dave Loughnane
Jockey: Rossa Ryan
Owner: Amo Racing & Omnihorse Racing & P Waney
Sire: Kodi Bear
Age: 3
Official Rating: 110
Race Record: 1213472 / 140
Current Price: 9/1
Major Wins: Group 2 Railway Stakes, Group 3 Commonwealth Cup Trial Stakes
Summary: Group 2 winner last season and showed he has trained on when winning Commonwealth Cup trial in April. Disappointing at Royal Ascot when finishing down the field however, and needs to bounce back.

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