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Dean Ivory ponders tilt at Lockinge with Librisa Breeze

4 Apr 2018

Three previous Champions Series winner feature among 31 entries revealed for the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes.

LIBRISA BREEZE could line up in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes

Librisa Breeze was victorious on Champions Day at Ascot in October. Picture: Racingfotos.com

Crack sprinter Librisa Breeze could step up to a mile and contest the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday May 19.

The Dean Ivory-trained six-year-old was among the stars on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot in October when he won the Sprint over six furlongs.

He failed to make an impact in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan last Saturday but Ivory says there were mitigating circumstances and has no qualms about stepping him up to a mile for the Lockinge, a £350,000 contest that has attracted 31 entries.

“Librisa Breeze has travelled back home from Dubai well, although he is obviously a bit tired,” Ivory said on Wednesday. “The trouble he had out in Dubai was that the ground was very fast and it was also very hot there as well.

“We have given him an entry in the Al Shaqab Lockinge and we will see how we are with him nearer the time. He is a versatile horse and running him over six, seven or a mile doesn’t bother me.

“I’m quite relaxed about stepping him up to a mile. We have six weeks before Newbury, so we will have a look and see how he gets on in the meantime.”

Two others Champions Series winners, Here Comes When and Limato, are also entered.

Here Comes When won the Qatar Sussex Stakes last summer and could be joined in the line-up by Beat The Bank, his stablemate, a five-length winner of the Group 2 Joel Stakes at Newmarket in September.

Other entries include Rhododendron, runner-up in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and Investec Oaks last year, plus the Andre Fabre-trained trio of Le Brivido, Inns Of Court and Jimmy Two Times.

Le Brivido was beaten a short head in the the French 2,000 Guineas last year before landing the Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs at Royal Ascot in June on his only subsequent appearance.

Fabre has yet to have a runner in the Lockinge Stakes, but there have been three French-trained winners of the contest – El Rastro (1976, Angel Penna), Polar Falcon (1991, John Hammond) and Carlos Laffon-Parias-trained Keltos (2002).

The showpiece of Newbury’s Flat season is the second contest in the mile category of the British Champions Series 2018 and has been won by some outstanding performers in recent years including Frankel, Canford Cliffs, Farhh and Ribchester.

FULL LIST OF ENTRIES:

ACCIDENTAL AGENT, ADDEYBB (IRE), ALEXIOS KOMNENOS (IRE), ALJAZZI, BEAT THE BANK, BRETON ROCK (IRE), DEAUVILLE (IRE), DUTCH CONNECTION, HERE COMES WHEN (IRE), INNS OF COURT (IRE), JIMMY TWO TIMES (FR) KHAFOO SHEMEMI (IRE), LA FIGLIA (IRE), LAHORE (USA), LANCASTER BOMBER (USA), LAUGH ALOUD. LE BRIVIDO (FR), LIBRISA BREEZE, LIGHTNING SPEAR, LIMATO (IRE), NOOR AL HAWA (FR), OH THIS IS US (IRE), PSYCHEDELIC FUNK, RHODODENDRON (IRE), ROBIN OF NAVAN (FR), STORMY ANTARCTIC, SUEDOIS (FR), WAR DECREE (USA)
WAR SECRETARY (USA), ZABEEL PRINCE (IRE),ZONDERLAND