Convey, Bomb in Newbury field

Aidan O'Brien's unbeaten Breeders' Cup winner Hit It A Bomb is among 16 possibles for Saturday's Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury.

Hit It A Bomb (left) is still in the mix for Newbury

Not sighted since his victory in the Juvenile Turf at Keeneland due to a setback, he would be a fascinating contender in the seven-furlong heat.

O'Brien has also left in Cougar Mountain, The Happy Prince and Air Vice Marshall.

Last year's winner Adaay is one of two possibles for Hamdan Al Maktoum along with Chipchase Stakes winner Markaz, who was last seen finishing fifth in the Lennox Stakes but he is not a definite runner.

"I've left him in but will have a good look at the race," said trainer Owen Burrows.

"Paul (Hanagan) said the Lennox rode like a Group One – stamina certainly wasn't an issue. He won a Group Three over seven last year and obviously won a Group Three over six at Newcastle.

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"What I'd like is a six-furlong Group Two, but there aren't any. There are a few races he can run in but he'd have to carry a penalty.

"I'm not sure if he'll run, but he's fit and ready to go if we decide to."

Richard Hannon's Toormore will have to carry a penalty if he lines up while Home Of The Brave, Jallota and Jeremy Noseda's filly Nemoralia still in the mix.

Connections of Convey are hoping the four-year-old can build on his comfortable victory last time out in the Listed Pomfret Stakes at Pontefract.

The four-year-old son of Dansili posted some good efforts earlier this season, including when going down by a head to Godolphin's Home Of The Brave in a Haydock Group Three earlier this season.

Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said on Monday: "Convey had a couple of near misses at York and Haydock earlier in the season and won well in a little confidence booster at Pontefract the other day.

"He now has to step back up in class and take on the big boys again, but he is a talented horse and deserves to take his chance in a race like this.

"He has got plenty of speed so the drop back to seven should not be a problem."

Among those taken out of the race on Monday were Limato, Don't Touch and Thikriyaat.

Sky Bet's opening show of betting: 10/3 Home Of The Brave; 7/2 Nemoralia; 7/1 Convey, Hit It A Bomb; 8/1 Adaay, Air Vice Marshall, Toormore; 12/1 bar.

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