Hummdinger should relish the stamina test at Sandown

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June 14

Only a week until Midsummer’s Day, but you wouldn’t believe it. Ask the lads at Barbury who yesterday experienced the coldest June day since the 1800’s – and it was brass monkeys up on that hill!

Our three runners on the Flat, though, ran excellent races, all finishing in the frame with the rain-softened ground not aiding the step up in trip for Group Stage or Tronada.

However, stamina looks to be Hummdinger‘s forte, and Alan has long thought he’d come into his own when he went beyond a mile and a half, so the 14 furlongs at Sandown should be right up his street.

Things did not go right for Hummdinger at Windsor, but he ran a much better race at Salisbury last time and over this extra distance we are hoping that today might be his day. Victory would be a timely welcome home for the boss, back from a short break in Greece.

Granted, Hummdinger needs to reverse Salisbury form with the well-handicapped winner Twenty Years On, but on breeding our fellow might be better suited by this trip than Gary Moore’s horse, who would have appreciated that they did not go a helter-skelter gallop on the Wiltshire course.

We also have Smith’s Bay running over hurdles at Aintree today. He settled better than he has been doing when winning at Warwick last month, and the easy ground should not be a problem for him.