Pankhurst pounces in Hungerford

The fragile Richard Pankhurst (11/1) returned to his best to deny fellow Godolphin runner Home Of The Brave in the Betfred Hungerford Stakes.

Robert Havlin riding Richard Pankhurst (centre, white cap) wins the Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury

Winner of the Chesham Stakes at two, the four-year-old was having just his fifth run in more than two years since that Royal Ascot success, having proved fragile ever since.

But with Home Of The Brave never able to get into his usual rhythm in front, being harried from an early stage by Jallota, the race played into the hands of Robert Havlin's mount, who could be spotted two furlongs out travelling with purpose.

Bringing his mount between rivals, Havlin delivered Richard Pankhurst to the front, and although Home Of The Brave did his best to rally in search of a first Group Two success, his efforts were in vain and he went down by a length.

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