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Lockinge looking a wide-open affair on Saturday

16 May 2019

A very busy week’s racing culminates on Saturday with some Champions Series action at Newbury, where there is a very competitive-looking Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes.

I ride Ostilio for Simon Crisford. He won very well at Royal Ascot last year before going on to land a Group 2 in France at the end of last year. His reappearance in France was pretty disappointing on first view and he’s got a little bit to find in terms of ratings with a few of these. I haven’t ridden him before but I’m really pleased to be given the opportunity to ride him on Saturday.

I’ve been very impressed whenever I’ve seen Laurens; I think she is very good and should really be favourite. I’ve been watching Beat The Bank with interest at home. He’s been moving really well, he looks outstanding. If it isn’t to be Ostilio’s day I would love to see this horse win the Group 1 he deserves for Andrew and his team.


I’ve got respect for Andrea’s mount Sharja Bridge too, I thought he won very well at Newmarket on seasonal return and he’ll relish the flat track at Newbury.

In the London Gold Cup I ride Sinjaari. I love this horse and was really pleased with his win at Windsor. Hopefully he can continue to progress in the way that he has until now. This race often throws up a future Group horse and I don’t doubt that there’s plenty of good horses in the lineup.

Hors De Combat in the 5.25 is in good form and looks very well at home. How well handicapped he is I’m not entirely sure and he maybe vulnerable to something that is open to a lot

Horse To Follow: Final Song

Two-year-old Dark Angel filly, that won on her first start at Ascot last week. Saeed bin Suroor was very pleased with her before the race, she won with a lot in hand and gave me an excellent feel. She looks a real Royal Ascot type.