Newbury Lockinge Stakes Day – Saturday 18th May 2018
Lockinge Day takes centre stage this Saturday over at Newbury with the Lockinge itself being the feature Group 1 contest. It’s a card that packed full of quality for Flat fans and I’m thoroughly looking forward to it.
Here’s my views…..
Eqtidaar – (10/3) (Jockey: J Crowley – Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute)
(Ran well in third the last day on soft ground in a Group 3 at Ascot on reappearance, faster ground for him today and a likely big improver for powerful connections.)
Juliet Capulet – (7/1) (E/W) (Jockey: L Dettori – Trainer: J H M Gosden)
(Hasn’t been since down the field at the Breeders Cup but she ran some very good races in good company last term. Showed pace in the past which suggests this trip shouldn’t be too much of a concern.)
Crystal Ocean – (8/13) (Jockey: R L Moore – Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute)
(Wont be any sort of price here but that’s because he should be a class above this lot, won at a far from ideal trip on reappearance the last day and a bold showing should be on the cards back up in trip here.)
Chief Ironside – (15/2) (E/W) (Jockey: K Shoemark – Trainer: W Jarvis)
(Got the run of the race the last day at Chester but could have a lot more to come, could well go close again here.)
3:40 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (Class 1) (Group 1) (1m)
The Lockinge takes centre stage this Saturday afternoon at Newbury and it’s a Group 1 contest that’s ridden over a mile and was won last year by the impressive Ribchester for Richard Fahey.
This year has thrown up quite possibly one of the most competitive renewals to date and a big field filled with quality. Rhododendron heads affairs for AP O’Brien and Ryan Moore on the back of her fourth placed effort on reappearance behind Cracksman over in France.
Addeybb is likely to be a warm order here and a popular selection for William Haggas and James Doyle following his exploits so far this season when following up his dominant Lincoln victory with a win in Group company at Sandown the last day. Roger Varian is represented here by Zabeel Prince who looks a typically progressive sort for connections on the back of his reappearance victory at Doncaster which he did in nice style, he’ll need to step up again here but it’s certainly likely. Andrea Atzeni takes the ride on him and he’s a best priced 11/1 shot.
Beat The Bank makes his return here for Andrew Balding who hasn’t been having the best of spells but this horse developed into somewhat of a winning machine last term before finding it a little too hot on Champions Day at Ascot when last seen, he’s a general 8/1 shot and Jim Crowley looks to take the ride. Dean Ivory is represented by Librisa Breeze who didn’t give his true running the last day at Meydan the last day but is a very smart performer over shorter trips and if handling this distance as he did earlier in his career could well be a player at around the 10/1 mark.
Aiden O’Brien’s other runners feature Lancaster Bomber, Deauville and War Decree who all bring a decent level of form in top contests to the table so each of them could well pose somewhat of a threat if on a going day.
My fancy here though comes in an old favourite and that comes in the form of LIMATO for Henry Candy and Harry Bentley. He’s obviously no longer as progressive as some of these but I still believe he has something to offer at this level. He got back to winning ways when we last saw him at Newmarket in a Group 2 and I think he can get involved once again here. He tried a mile here in this race a couple of years ago and finished fourth but didn’t get the best of runs, if getting a clear run here I think he’s a player.
LIMATO – (9/2) (Jockey: Harry Bentley – Trainer: Henry Candy)
The Irish Rover – (2/1) (Jockey: R L Moore – Trainer: A P O’Brien)
(Was beaten at odds of 1/7 the last day at Ascot however reared up in the stalls at the start and was consequently very slowly away, still wasn’t beaten very far at all, should go close here if breaking better.)
Sea Of Class – (4/1) (Jockey: J Doyle – Trainer: W J Haggas)
(Crystal Hope will likely be very tough to beat here but I’m going to try and take her on with this one Sea Of Class, she came from off the pace to be just denied on debut and I think this well bred sort will come on from that and go close again here.)
Pouvoir Magique – (3/1) (Jockey: K T O’Neil – Trainer: J H M Gosden)
(Was well backed last week for the Victoria Cup at Ascot before being withdrawn with a self certificate, won well at Newcastle when last seen and clearly has ability, could be more to come here for bang in form yard.)
NAP: The Irish Rover – 4.15
NB: Pouvoir Magique – 5.25